The exterior is finished in Cremeweiss (9001) with black painted headlight surrounds, bumpers, and fenders. The headlights feature protective grilles and turn signals are mounted above the front fenders. Rear fog lamps are present on the back of the car along with a heated rear glass window with a wiper/washer system. The seller notes that the paint has received touch up work in the past to repair rust spots and that the body currently shows rust along the passenger tail light and the bottom of the driver’s side door.
Fitted are the factory 15” aluminum alloy wheels which wear 31x10.5” BFGoodrich All-Terrain K02 tires. The seller reports that the tires are new and were fitted in early 2022. A spare wheel and tire is fitted on the rear door in the factory location. The wheels appear in good condition and show little signs of wear. The suspension features updated steering parts from a newer G-Class including tie rods and control arms.
The cabin is finished in Blue plaid cloth with black interior trim along the dashboard and center console. Matching blue plaid cloth lines the door panels as well as rear bench seats. Controls for the four wheel drive and rear locking differential are mounted on the center console with air conditioning controls mounted above on the dash. An aftermarket Sony head unit has been installed which includes bluetooth and an auxiliary input. Behind the front seats sit a rear bench along with two side-facing bench seats in the back. The seller reports that the interior has been re-trimmed with the original material and has included the accompanying documentation.
Instrumentation includes a 150-mph speedometer alongside a tachometer, coolant temperature gauge and fuel level indicator. The mechanical odometer currently reads 85,108 miles, just 6,000 of which have been added by the current owner in the past eight years.
The 2.8-liter DOHC M110 inline-six is factory rated at 157 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent either to just the rear wheels, or all four through a transfer case which includes a four high and low gearing. The seller notes that the engine was fully rebuilt during its mechanical restoration which included new pistons, heads and cams. The transfer case has just recently received a new seal and fluid flush. The seller notes that there are currently no outstanding mechanical issues with the car.
This 280GE has received a full mechanical restoration including the engine rebuild. The car received a new AC compressor and condenser, a re-cored radiator, new spring perches, refurbished fuel tank with the auxiliary tank flushed, new exhaust, new alternator and new lights and plastic covers. Modifications include updated steering components from a newer G-Class, including tie rods and control arms, and a 123ignition programmable distributor. The most recent service included a water pump, thermostat, drive belt and new coolant. Service records are available in the photo gallery below.
This 280GE is now offered for sale by the current owner with partial service records, original first aid kit, fire extinguisher and jack, and a clean Florida title.
The G-Class is instantly recognizable from any angle and has played an important role in Mercedes-Benz history serving as far more than just a utilitarian luxury SUV. Starting as a military vehicle, it was first sold to civilians in 1979 at the suggestion of the Shah of Iran. The earlier models were significantly simpler than their modern day counterparts as the finest luxuries available were automatic transmissions, fuel injection and air conditioning. Amenities aside, its true offering was its offroading pedigree which it carries to this day being tested on the demanding Schöckl trail in Austria. This example is an excellent reminder of where the now legendary G-Class started, and by some standards, is its purest form.
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