The Mercedes-Benz G-Class started its life as a military vehicle, developed at the suggestion of the Shah of Iran. Also known as the G-Wagen or Geländewagen, the G-Class has subtly evolved to become an automotive symbol of understated luxury.

The retention of it’s military styling and timeless design has seen the G-Wagen gradually adopt the status of a modern classic. Initially developed for military use but first available as a civilian vehicle in 1979, it has one of the longest running continuous production periods in the automotive industry.

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A 1979 G Wagon interior.

Its many incarnations take a variety of interesting forms and limitations on distribution may have helped to spread its appeal further. In 1982, in reaction to Land Rover’s development of luxury versions of their utilitarian vehicles, the G-Class was treated to further creature comforts until it released its first fully modified luxury model in wake of its tenth anniversary.

These additions and modifications have developed further to see them release many subsequent luxury models, driving the overall price up and attracting the attention of many celebrity owners that include individuals such as Sylvester Stallone, Eric Clapton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The pinnacle of this celebrity interest being the commission of a hybrid version for use as the official papal vehicle.

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A 1986 G Wagon interior.

In celebration of a brilliant piece of automotive design; the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen continues to celebrate its humble military roots whilst being the vehicular choice for the discerning rich.

Words by: Scott Causier