The Wolf of G Street: 1991 Mercedes G-Wagen Cabrio Restomod Is Stunning
The Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen has only recently undergone significant development. For decades its roots as a military vehicle were barely disguised, but in America we have only seen a small part of the G-Wagen’s potential. Abroad, short-wheelbase do-work models roamed the European countryside, just as professional-grade pickup trucks do here. And yes, there were even convertibles, which offered the possible charming combination of austere interiors, open-air powertrain and slamming diesel – and uncompromising off-road prowess, of course.
Enter Expedition Motor Company, which stocks up on G-Wagens like the one above, and subjects these Benzes to the kind of intense restore and modification regime we’ve seen Land Rovers and Land Cruisers apply. This particular G-Wagen, a 1991 “Wolf” 250GD, is one of Expedition Motor Co.’s creations that is currently available, with a five-cylinder diesel engine and a series of mechanical and aesthetic upgrades.
Its engine is original, although inspected and revitalized, and breathes through a newly equipped snorkel. The suspension consists of Bilstein shocks and ORC lift springs, and a full portion of polyurethane bushings. BFGoodrich KO2 tires complete the mechanical side of the construction. The result, which we would pull from the installed parts, should give the G-Wagen additional capabilities to go anywhere.
And then we come to the cosmetic side, where an outfit like Expedition Motor Co. has a chance to remix the original in a unique way. The bar in this area can be extremely high: think Icon or Singer. But the Expedition route is a little more subtle. After bringing the SUV back to its frame for a refresh, the company installed custom tail lights and unique grille guards. There’s no complete cosmetic reinvention, but little details abound – note the color-matched scoop tucked under the hood! Inside, the beautiful padding is custom-made in-house, and the wood planks in the rear cargo area are custom stained.
After all, this is not the G-Wagen we knew later, richly adorned and aimed at urban and suburban clientele. It is an extremely clean build, slightly modernized, suitably functional and true to the roots of the vehicle.
Expedition Motor Co. puts a price tag of $ 102,150 on this one, but there are more for sale. Plus, there’s even a configurator to customize your own Wolf.
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