This luxury $93,000 Mercedes G-Wagon has side hooks which allows it to be dropped from a helicopter. The restored SUV started life as a millitary vehicle.
The boxy Mercedes-Benz G-Class has always been much more than just an extravagant off-roader for the masses.
Through the years, the millitary versions, produced in the same factory with the luxury models, have been used as a military vehicles all around the world.
After these millitary cars are decommissioned, most of them rots away in millitary car graveyards around the world.
Thanks to Expedition Motor Company (EMC), G-wagons fans can now buy one of these rebuilt millitary SUVs.
The New Jersey-based company is currently converting vintage G-Wagons that were sourced from the German military into bespoke convertible vehicles.
With each rebuild starting at $90,000, the modified SUVs are significantly cheaper than the latest generation G-Wagons, now known as the G-Class, which has a starting price of $127,650.
Expedition Motor Company founder Alex Levin said in an interview that :
“If I’m driving a Lamborghini through New York City, or driving this [G-Wagen] through New York City, I’ll get more comments on this [G-Wagen],”
He added that :
“With the top on, maybe it’s a little conspicuous,”
“But when the top is off, it’s a completely different environment. In the summertime, people are just so drawn to it because ‘there goes a convertible SUV and it’s a Mercedes and it’s a G-Wagen.”
Restorations and Conversions
The original G-Wagons were purchased in bulk from the German military. The craps are then brought to a workshop in Poland for most of the restoration.
After these restorations, the SUVs are shipped from Poland to the US for final touches before being sold to customers.
For the conversions, EMC invested around 1,000 hours to turn the millitary SUVs into luxury vehicles.
One of its build, the 1991 Mercedes-Benz 250GD Wolf, is especially unique. Unlike this ₦120 Million G-Class, owned by Russian Vlogger, this former air-lifted military Mercedes G-Wagon can be dropped from a helicopter with its side hooks.