1988 Mercedes-Benz (W461) 290 GD Utility



This Mercedes-Benz 290GD (W461) is an ex-Singaporean Army vehicle, featuring a menacing colour scheme and low odometer. It is powered by a 2.9-litre in-line five-cylinder diesel engine which produces 70kW/192Nm. This power is fed to all four wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. The odometer of this car currently shows 3,190km.



Though the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen is now most commonly seen in AMG specification driving around the affluent areas of Australia, its history is steeped in working-class and military applications. The idea behind this military off-roader was derived from the Shah of Iran, a prominent Mercedes shareholder of the era, who wanted a Mercedes rival to the military options provided by Land Rover, Toyota, and Jeep. It was hugely configurable to militaries’ exacting standards, as seen by this example’s long tray. Interestingly these cars are built by Austrian manufacturer Magna Steyr and sold by Mercedes-Benz. Relatively few amenities were offered inside the military-spec versions which are designated W461. But it wasn’t long before Mercedes started offering the G-Wagon to civilian customers, with more luxuries and better equipment levels. The G-Wagen remains as one of Mercedes’ longest-running nameplates.



Finished in military-spec matte battleship grey, this G-Wagen looks like it’s just driven straight from a battlefield. It is upholstered inside with black vinyl seating and black trim, while the footwells get wash-out flooring. This G-Wagen is fitted with a flat tray for transporting equipment and features a single cab with two seats. It rides on a set of 17.5-inch steel wheels in matching body colour. The tyres fitted to this car are Constancy Ecosmart.



Manufactured new in Graz, Austria in 1988, this Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen was delivered new to the Singaporean Army. It saw very little use in period, with the odometer now reflecting just 3,190km. The car was imported locally through Western Australia in 2020, and last received a Victorian roadworthy certificate in July 2021. Around this time work was also completed to the serviceable parts of the suspension, engine, and gearbox.



The bodywork of this car has been well preserved since new, with no overt marks of damage or denting seen on the panelling. The grey paintwork also displays without fade or deterioration. Considering this car’s work-oriented origins, the tray has escaped without many scrape marks. No signs of damage or curb rash are identified on the four wheels and the tyres appear with a deep level of tread remaining.



Inside the cabin this G-Wagen shows in good order overall. Minimal signs of creasing or fraying are seen on the two seats, which also retain a good original shape. Some cracking is seen on elements of the dash, however the fascia still presents in complete condition with few signs of wear and tear. The lower portion of the door cards is beginning to deteriorate and the driver’s side window handle is incomplete. Flooring is in good condition, as is the instrumentation and controls.



All accompanying documentation will be supplied with this vehicle including recent service papers and importation paperwork.



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 unregistered and there are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number.



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