Autotrader Find: Ex-NATO Forces Camouflaged Mercedes G-Wagen

Here’s a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen from the old school. This is a 1983 Mercedes-Benz 240GD, and it’s an open-top model that’s painted in camouflaged colors. According to the ad, it was originally used by NATO forces before finding its way into the United States and onto Autotrader, where it’s currently listed for sale.

Most people know the story of the G-Wagen, but to sum it up quickly, this vehicle was originally developed to be a military vehicle in the 1970s and 1980s, and it evolved into the luxury truck that it is today. This particular 240GD goes back to its military roots, with the camouflaged paint job and open-top body style — though it’s wearing (handsome) wheels from a newer G55 AMG.

Offered by Avant Motors in Rockville, Maryland, near D.C., this 240GD looks like it’s ready to head into battle — or, at least, it looks like it’s ready for some top-off fun for anyone willing to buy a no-frills G-Wagen with a manual transmission. What it’s not ready to do is go fast: The 240GD model, while considered highly reliable due to its 4-cylinder diesel powerplant, only has about 75 horsepower and 115 lb-ft of torque. Fortunately, G-Wagen models from this era had basically no features or equipment, so it’s not weighted down by much.

If you’re interested in driving around in a G-Wagen that nobody else has, this one is offered for $24,999 — not a bad price, considering this SUV’s impressive, legendary capabilities.

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