Want an ex-army Mercedes G-Class? Lorinser has you covered
The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen (or G-Class) is one of the most beloved and popular old school 4x4s. Originally designed for military use, these cars have gained a reputation for faultless reliability and go-anywhere ability, as well as being somewhat of a fashion or a lifestyle statement in more recent years. While the latest version of the car is a luxurious barge that, in its AMG guise, can rocket you along tarmac, gravel, mud, sand or snow with the greatest of ease, there are some among us that would prefer something more true to the G-Wagen's roots as a stripped back, hardy military vehicle.
That's where Lorinser comes in with this take on the classic military G-Wagen. Branded as "Puch Gs", these are genuine ex-military G-Wagens that were originally part of the Swiss army's fleet. The Puch Gs are based upon the three-door long-wheelbase variant of the G-Wagen, with the rear compartment being able to be configured in various different ways depending on what each customer wants. The soft top version can seat up to eight people, while the hard top version can seat up to four.
As you might expect from a military vehicle, the inside is very spartan in equipment and appearance. There isn't much in the way of mod cons and there's a lot of tough black plastic. The ugly plastic will cleaning the car out at the end of a day's off-roading a lot easier though. The soft top models have benches mounted lengthwise in the back, whilst the hard top models have a metal table, two individual seats with their own armrests and shelves.
Unlike modern G-Wagens, the Puch Gs are not performance oriented in any way. Power comes from a 2.3 litre 4 cylinder petrol engine mated to a four speed automatic gearbox. It's not going to set any performance records, but it should be adequate enough for what these G-Wagens are best at, which is go-anywhere utility.
That's not the end of the Puch G's story though. If you really want or need more modern features or something a bit beefier, there are options avaliable. For an extra $4.5k on top of what you'd otherwise pay for the car, Lorinser can fit 16-inch Dotz wheels with all terrain tyres, complete with wider fender flares to accompany the new bigger and wider wheels.
If you want a properly modernised ex-military G-Wagen, Lorinser can arrange to have a full restomod process done on the car. This includes LED lighting, redesigned seats, more modern suspension and a whole host of other features. Perfect for those of us who want that old school military aesthetic without having to put up with a boneshaking ride, uncomfortable seats or having barely any equipment or gadgets inside the cabin.
How much are you expecting to pay for one of these? Well, it depends on what condition you're happy with it being in. The cheapest (and therefore poorest condition) ones can be had for as low as $17k, whilst a good condition one can cost up to $21k. The fully restomodded ones can cost $55k or more, should you want to go down that route.
If you can't afford one of these ex-military beauties, you can always get one of these instead - this GotechoD remote control military truck is possibly the next best thing to a Puch G in capturing that military flair. It can also carry up to 500g of load in the pickup bed, should you want to do anything with that.