This 1980 Mercedes-Benz 280GE Cabriolet resides in Stuttgart, Germany where it received a frame off restoration in 2023 that was TÜV approved. Painted in Blue Black Metallic (199) over custom cognac leather and black Alcantara, power is provided by a 2.8-liter inline six-cylinder gasoline M110 engine sending power to all four wheels through a 4-speed manual transmission. Features include front lockable differentials, Becker Europa headunit, fog lights, USB port, crank windows, five seat belts, a spare wheel with hinged carrier, trailer hitch with trailer plug, and removable black soft top. The truck received a recent service in November of 2023 including all new oils, filters, and spark plugs. Photos and receipts documenting the frame-off, nut and bolt restoration are included with the sale. The odometer shows just under 10k kilometers (~6,200 miles) with one rollover reported for a total of 110k kilometers since new. This 280GE Cabriolet is offered for sale by the selling dealer in Germany with a Danish title.
The exterior wears a color changed Blue Black Metallic (199) paint job from its original red exterior and features a thick gauged skid plate, steel bumpers, trailer hitch with hitch plug, satin black painted steel wheels, and static radio antenna. The soft top is removable and pictures showing the soft top both on and off are provided. There is no rust on the chassis or body panels and a frame-off restoration was recently completed with photos documenting the process in the gallery.
16” satin black painted steel wheels sport knobby BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 205/80 tires on all four corners including the 5th full sized spare wheel on the trunk. New OE style lug bolts accompany the wheels and a brake fluid service was performed in November of 2023. The date codes read the eighteenth week of 2021. As part of the restoration, additional new parts include the brake booster, master cylinder, struts/shocks, and brake lines.
The cabin has been reupholstered in personalized cognac leather which is draped on the door cards, seats, sun visors, roll bars, and dash paired with custom Alcanatara on the center console and glove box. New OE style black loop carpeting has been freshly laid in the cabin floorboards with matching cognac leather piping. The center console includes a leather-wrapped gear shifter for the 4-speed manual transmission, emergency brake handle, controls for the four-wheel-drive system, climate control levers, added USB port, fog light toggle switch, hazards, analogue clock, and a Becker Europa headunit. Receipts for the leather work are included with the sale.
The two-spoke Alcantara steering wheel frames two instrumentation pods including a 180-KPH speedometer on the left and a coolant temperature gauge on the right with the fuel tank gauge below. Warning lights for the battery, brake pad sensors, oil level warning, and headlights are present with none illuminated. Differential lights and high-beam warnings are front and center. The five-digit odometer reads just under 10k kilometers (~6,200 miles) with one rollover reported for a total of 110k kilometers resulting in a TMU status.
This Geländewagen is powered by a 2.8-liter inline-six cylinder M110 gasoline engine which is factory rated at 156 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through a 4-speed manual transmission. The truck received an engine oil and filter service in November of 2023.
The undercarriage shows proper cadmium plating on all the appropriate hardware, fresh brake lines with faithful OEM brackets, new steering components, high-quality under coating replicating in-period Mercedes-Benz coatings, new struts/shocks, new metal brake lines, and all chassis components prepped and painted with professionalism. The engine bay shows refurbished M110 valve cover, brake booster, new master cylinder, vacuum line, rebuilt throttle linkage bushings, ignition lines, correct radiator hose clamps, and radiator cap. Brake reservoir and wiper fluid reservoir plastics show excellent condition.
The two door variants of the W460 are billy goats built by Mercedes-Benz – plain and simple. Early Geländewagens are paired with a lighter curb weight, smaller footprint, and ancestry closer to military variants compared to the luxurious, mall-run models of today. This W460 is a capable machine. While in its current state of cleanliness post frame-off restoration, it would be a shame to not get this car dirty. The locking differentials mean business and the seller mounted the highest quality (and properly sized) BFGoodrich off-road tires mounted on tough steel wheels to balance homogeneity of the build. Seeing a gasoline M110 under the hood gives this G-Class additional refinement and power compared to its diesel brethren allowing it to have some propper pavement manners to boot. Photos of the engine bay and underside is proof that the devil is in the details and the restoration was completed with high-quality OE parts and certainly built either by a German who has been doing this for half a century or an experienced technician with a library of thick blue W460 factory service books.
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