“G” Stands for Gelӓndewagen

2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 Now Available for Purchase at Redline Auto Sales, London, Ontario

An unmistakable modern icon, the Mercedes-Benz “Gelӓndewagen” or “cross-country vehicle,” is the result of military-vehicle collaborations dating to 1972 among Daimler-Benz and Austria’s Steyr-Daimler-Puch. Development was recommended by the Shah of Iran, who was a significant shareholder in Daimler-Benz AG at the time. The first civilian version came in 1979 and these rugged, yet stylish vehicles have been developed into numerous versions, with the original ‘W460’ generation succeeded by the updated ‘W461’ series in 1992, with production still ongoing today.

While initially intended as a high-mobility military vehicle suited to the harshest terrain and  driving conditions, the Mercedes-Benz G-Series is likely best-known as the civilianized “G-Wagen.” Once civilian sales began, these rugged vehicles took on a new life as fashionable and highly luxurious accessories for wealthy buyers. Nonetheless, the off-road prowess of the G-Wagen is simply phenomenal and its ability to adapt to virtually any requirement has made it one of the most capable Mercedes-Benz models of the modern era. In fact, the G-Wagen’s stellar reputation is matched only by Mercedes’ famous multi-purpose Unimog trucks. Production of the ‘W460’ G-Class included variants built for Mercedes’ domestic and export markets, special Italian-market models, and licence-built versions in Algeria and Greece.

True to purpose, a G-Wagen, in 280 GE specification, led much of the punishing 1982 Paris-Algiers-Dakar Rally with racing legend Jacky Ickx driving with co-driver Claude Brasseur. Only a navigational error cost the pair the overall victory. The next year, Ickx and Brasseur redeemed themselves in fine form, taking overall victory against a huge field of 385 competitors. Other high-profile use of the G-Wagen included the purpose-build “Popemobile” parade vehicle used by Pope John Paul II while on tour.

This 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 is an outstanding find, offered by London, Ontario’s Redline Auto Sales dealership. Powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine factory-rated at 416 hp and delivering 450 lb-ft of torque, the G550 is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission sending the power to all four wheels via a 50:50 permanent four-wheel drivetrain.

This G550 is handsomely finished in factory-optional designo Platinum Magno (Code 051U) paint over a Black/Anthracite leather interior, including the leather-covered dashboard. Features, options, and passenger amenities are far too numerous to fully list here and must be experience first-hand to comprehend. However, safety and usability are amazing with this G550 equipped with the Electronic Stability (ESP) Program, COMAND Online, heated front and rear seats, Blind Spot Assistance, PARKTRONIC Parking Assistance, DISTRONIC Active Distance Assist, Ambiance illumination, an engine preheater, the Sport Exhaust system, an Anti-Theft Alarm, and the Sport Package. Far more features and options are included with this stunning G550, which was priced new at well over six figures, A set of one-piece AMG 19-inch wheels finish this G-Wagen off very nicely.

As offered, this 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 delivers amazing value, with its price reduced to $99,000 and the odometer showing a very reasonable 93,000 kilometers (57,788 miles) as advertised by selling dealer Redline Auto Sales, located at 2040 Dundas Street, London, Ontario. Give them a call to book a viewing, get full details, and enjoy a test drive today at +1 519 914 1157 and tell them Dave sent you!