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1986 Mercedes-Benz (W460) 300 GD SWB



This 1986 Mercedes-Benz 300 GD SWB (W460) features smart, off-road focussed modifications, and was recently partially-restored. Under the bonnet is a turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line five-cylinder engine derived from a Mercedes 300TD (S123). The transmission in this car is a five-speed manual, with high and low range functionality. The odometer currently displays 84,583 miles.



The idea behind the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen was created by the Shah of Iran, a prominent Mercedes shareholder of the time, who desired a well-built, German alternative to Jeep, Toyota and Land Rover off-roaders. The G-Wagen found its start in military applications and was hugely configurable to various militaries’ exacting standards. It also featured a range of hardy Mercedes-Benz engines for enhanced durability. Relatively few luxuries were afforded inside the cabin of military G-Wagens, but it wasn’t long before the market demanded a civilian version, such as this one. Equipment levels were bumped and materials-use was far better than the work-oriented versions, but not at the expense of capability. All G-Wagens are backed by unflinching off-road ability and remain extremely reliable if maintained. The G-Wagen is now one of Mercedes’ longest-running nameplates.



Finished in Astral Silver with grey chequer fabric-upholstered seating, this G-Wagen’s specification is 80s perfection. The exterior bodywork is highlighted by black trim, and the interior gets black vinyl trim finishings. Aftermarket modifications include a Bravo snorkel, upgraded suspension, front-mount intercooler, VDO auxiliary gauges, Motorola telephony, and a Kenwood stereo with Bluetooth functionality. The car currently rides on 18-inch Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG alloy wheels, wrapped in BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres.



Manufactured in Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, this G-Wagen arrived in Australia in 1987. According to the current owner, who purchased the vehicle in late 2021, the car is a three-owner example since new. The car is backed by original documentation and service receipts, which highlight servicing by official Mercedes dealerships and third-party independents. The car’s original engine (OM617) was replaced with a turbocharged (OM617A) unit. The most recent service took place in June 2022 at SSCC Automotive. Air-conditioning is currently not working, as is the odometer which stopped shortly after the current owner purchased the vehicle.



Exterior condition of this W460 is in great order considering it underwent a respray one year ago. This included new trims and seals. Astral Silver paintwork displays without obvious scratching or dents, though there is a light scratch on the lower left-side of the windscreen. There are also stone chips, rust tarnishing, and paint flaking on the front and rear bumpers. Wear is seen on the side steps, some scuffing on the rear bumper, rust spots near the number plates, blemishes on the side mirrors, and stone chips on the A-pillar.



Inside the cabin this G-Wagen shows in good order throughout. The fabric seats show no signs of staining or fraying. As is common for the era this car shows some hairline cracks in the dashboard. Some scuffing is seen on the seat backs, a crack on the clock lens, small nicks on the driver’s side seat base, tarnishing on the passenger seat folding controls. Light wear and tear is seen in the boot.



This car will come with accompanying documentation, a set of original wheels, and a toolkit.



To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in QLD until 1/12/22.



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