Room For Nine – 1985 Mercedes-Benz 280GE LWB


Update, July 2017:  The 280GE has found its new caretaker.  We hope you enjoy it, Jena!

1985 Mercedes-Benz 280GE LWB, LHD

  • Metallic Black on Black Leather/Plaid cloth
  • Top spec, 2.8L “M110” six-cylinder gasoline engine
  • Desirably equipped with automatic transmission, A/C, fold-down bench seats, etc.
  • Odometer showing 81,518 kilometers / 50,653 miles
  • Inquire for pricing

The story of the Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen is a bizarre tale, to say the least. Well before civilians caught on to the “G-Wagen”, it started as a four-wheel drive development project with contract developer and manufacturer, Steyr-Daimler-Puch in the early 1970s. The project, which was said to lack momentum, took off when the Shah of Iran (a major Mercedes-Benz shareholder at the time) suggested Mercedes fulfill a staggering 20,000 units. From this point forward, the Gelandewagen could be found wrestling through impossible off-road situations or lending assistance to various military units around the globe.

The Graz, Austria-based, Magna-Steyr (previously Steyr-Daimler-Puch) continues to hand-assemble the Gelandewagen for Mercedes-Benz even today. With a thorough revamp said to be around the corner, the original “W460” chassis civilian G-Wagens are now more appealing than ever. Offering a clearer idea of the original design, they lack the complicated electrics present in our current G-Class and provide more of that old-world, high quality feel that made Mercedes-Benz famous.

The 1985 Mercedes-Benz 280GE offered here was imported into the United States in March of 2016 through the 25-year exemption and is fully road legal. Purchased from well-known Dutch Gelandewagen experts at G-Zuna, this 280GE offers on-road usability with its durable, fuel-injected, twin-cam inline six-cylinder engine and 4-speed automatic transmission. Trail-ready, this 280GE also handles highway and urban environments much more effectively than the Land Rover Series trucks and Defenders of the period.

Dressed in a black metallic exterior color with timeless, plaid cloth on black leather, this truck shows nicely and has clearly lived a good life during its stay in Europe. Believed to have been repainted at some point, its current finish shows only minimal evidence of use and some minor corrosion (typical with W460s) still in a manageable state, should one choose to correct. These areas are pictured below.

Mechanically the truck was recently checked out by vintage Mercedes-Benz experts who only found the following areas eventually requiring attention:

  • Left front axle “swivel ball” slowly leaking grease
  • Slight fluid leak from back of transmission

A well-appointed W460, this 280GE is equipped with 4-speed automatic transmission, front and rear electric windows, factory air conditioning and desirable, fold-down bench seats in cargo area. The original stereo was updated with a JVC radio with AM/FM/CD changer.

These early, W460 Gelandewagens are a rare site in the United States and are cool for all the right reasons.  With its six-cylinder gasoline configuration the truck offers real-world usability and would make a perfect companion for making memories with the friends and family.

This 1985 Mercedes-Benz 280GE LWB, LHD is available for immediate inspection at our climate-controlled garage in Charlotte, North Carolina. To schedule a viewing or to find out more, please Click Here. As always, pre-purchase inspections are strongly encouraged.


  1. Hi I would like to swop my 2001 Boxster S for this Gelandewagen

  2. The outstanding feature of the early G’s are the lightly tinted windows instead of those “Pimp My Ride” privacy glass ones. Also, the lack of the big cumbersome running boards greatly improves the look. They had it right the first time!

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