The Mercedes Project Geländewagen G-Class by Virgil Abloh is here and it's weird
That's the Virgil Ablohest thing I've seen
American design Virgil Abloh rose through the ranks in the fashion world thanks to his Off-White brand. Even if you've never heard of him, or it, I'm sure you'll have seen his (usually) white/transparent sneakers with "left, right, shoelaces" lettering on each sneaker and the rather conspicuous orange tag. Mr Abloh, who is currently serving as creative director at Louis Vuitton, has been working on a special edition G-Wagen, dubbed 'Project Geländewagen', in partnership with Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Mercedes-Benz. Well, the car is here. And it is probably the most VirgilAblohest thing I've ever seen.
The G-Wagen was unveiled yesterday, September 8, and it is now going to be sold at auction as part of Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated, with all proceeds going to a charity that supports international creative communities. Bidding will start on September 14.
I'd certainly call it a statement piece but I'm not sure what to make of it. First of all, I don't actually understand whether the car is usable or not. I'm not talking about it being road legal, because it obviously isn't, I'm just wondering whether there's an actual engine that powers it. I know that's not the point, and I know that it wouldn't be driven in any case - it's probably going to spend the rest of its life in an air conditioned vault somewhere - but this is still a car. I still expect to find a working engine under the bonnet and there's no mention of it anywhere.
The G is based on the AMG model and it's painted off-white, no surprise there, but the paintwork was partially sanded and the indicators, wing mirrors and bumper bar have been removed.
The interior looks completely different with a pastel blue roll cage, white bucket seats with red accents and 5-point harnesses, also in red. The dashboard was removed altogether and replaced with a tailor made panel with an analogue speedo and fuel gauges.
I'm gonna change my mind about it a few times over the next few weeks but for now, I can certainly, probably, maybe, definitely, surely tell you I don't like it. Except I do. But maybe I don't. But I actually do. Maybe.