Mercedes Benz G-Class


This book dedicated to the legendary cars Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen. You will find hundreds of original photos of Mercedes-Benz W460, W461 и W463 from the company’s advertising booklets published in the 1980s-2000s. Thanks to special software that uses artificial intelligence technologies, it was possible to increase the resolution of scans to reveal small details of bodies and interiors in the photos that were practically invisible in the original images. The illustrations are accompanied by dozens of technical and historical facts about the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
The book, of course, will be a great gift to all current, former, and future Geländewagen owners, as well as all those who appreciate classic Mercedes-Benz models.


Format 160×210 mm, hardcover, spine rounding, ribbon, full color 600 dpi printing, premium quality matte coated paper, 248 pages.



Mercedes Benz G-Class

This outstanding car practically has no
name – just “off-road vehicle”: this is how
the word Geländewagen is translated
from German. In the 1970s, it was conceived as
a simple and utilitarian car, like agricultural machinery:
modest, strong, capable of overcoming
obstacles and transporting people and goods in
any weather, on any roads, as well as off-road.

In the 1980s, red, green, white, and angular little
cars in other colors drove through fi elds and forests,
conquered mountains, and even served in
the army. More precisely, in the armies of different
countries, which only confi rms this model’s
outstanding technical qualities.

But by the beginning of the 1990s, the second
generation’s time had come. And literally
from the rural mud, the Geländewagen, which
had changed its image, moved to the capital’s
streets. It could still ford a river or rush through
a snow-covered fi eld without getting stuck, but
usually it was not bought for this and was appreciated
for something completely different.

Its appearance did not change much: the second
Geländewagen remained the same “straightforward”,
with completely fl at windows and doors
on the outer body, like a gate on hinges… But, at
the same time, it began to attract attention with
its brutality and the obviously high cost. Its predecessor
did not have any of these features at
all: the designers did an excellent job with their
task, if that was indeed their task…

It is not surprising that the car was especially
liked by wealthy and “authoritative” businessmen
from the post-Soviet space. Bad roads and
the desire (need) to be terrifying in a terrifying
world left them no other choice.

The “New Russians”
either drove Geländewagen themselves,
or they preferred the Mercedes S-class but accompanied
by a Geländewagen – with security
behind the wheel.

A black Mercedes 600 racing
along the left lane or even in the oncoming lane,
and behind it a black “cube” – this is a “genre
classic”, a sign of Russia at that time.

If direct competitors – the popular and superreliable
Toyota Land Cruiser and the aristocratic
Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover – constantly
changed their appearance (today their
design is very different from the original), the
Geländewagen has visually changed relatively
little since 1979.

And for 28 years (the second
generation was produced from 1990 to 2018),
by and large, it did not change at all. Isn’t this
evidence of an initially very well thought-out
form? Perhaps only the VW Beetle, an indisputable
classic, could boast of such a successful
silhouette that did not require changes for decades.

Both of these cars will certainly adorn the
collections of industrial design museums as
classic examples of the 20th century automobile

Such constancy only plays into the hands of
the owners of middle-aged Geländewagens, because
their favorite car differs little from the almost
new “cubes” produced before 2018, and it
does not depreciate in value over the years.

And frankly, the “ancient” Geländewagen continues
to perform its “representative” function today.
If you think about it, it’s not surprising that
many wealthy people preferred the Geländewagen
(kind of like a carriage) to limousines, but
it is surprising that they preferred it… to sports

With the release of AMG versions, this
SUV, which does not know the word “aerodynamics”,
almost became a racing car that also
began to enjoy considerable demand.

Eccentric and wealthy buyers liked the no less unusual
6-axle Geländewagen, which was expensive,
like Rolls-Royce and Londola: versions with the
“retro” body that everyone had already forgotten,
with a closed front and an open rear (probably
so the summer rain could only be enjoyed
by wealthy passengers drinking champagne
from Mercedes-branded silver fl utes, not their
hired driver).

Who knows, perhaps this is what the G-Class is
loved for – the “denial” of evolution, for the fact
that it challenges time, without ageing and remaining
the only (after the Land Rover Defender
was retired) unchanged car in a faster and faster
changing world.

Read the continuation of this story in the book.

Other books about history of Mercedes:

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