The Mercedes G-Wagen, AKA G-Wagon or G-Class, is a highly desirable vehicle. There's a huge market for these things and even the oldest, most wretched example in the second-hand market is still phenomenally expensive.

This particular 1991 250GD started out in life as raw army truck, colloquially known as 'Wolf', but it has been carefully restored by Expedition Motor Company, a specialist in ex-military Mercedes G-Wagens, and it is absolutely beautiful.

The project took over 1,000 hours to complete. Expedition didn't change anything about the G's original design and did nothing crazy. What they did is simply improve it. There are new LED headlights and taillights, new metal guards for the indicators, a snorkel kit and a jerry-can holder at the rear. They also added new air-lift hooks on both sides, with steel reinforcements, and that means that the G could theoretically be lifted and transported with a chopper, just like the original army-spec truck of yesterday.

The car was stripped down and assembled again with new powdercoating and pain. All rubber components were replaced and the suspension has also been upgraded with new Eibach springs and Bilstein dampers. The vehicle is finished in original Mercedes-Benz white paint with an all-new black soft-top. The interior features Chestnut brown vinyl and leather upholstery.

It is powered by the original OM602 2.5 L five-cylinder diesel engine with new gaskets, pumps, belts and seals, coupled with a factory five-speed manual gearbox.

The total cost of the build is $92,150 and that's on top of the price of the donor vehicle. Not cheap, but these things never are.

But if the near $100k asking price is a bit much, how about this instead: a ride on electric G-Class for the kids – perfect for Christmas. Tap here to order one now and make yourself the most popular parent in town come December 25th.

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