Mercedes have always fancied themselves an innovative company. While Australian shores may predominantly get the high-end models, worldwide the brand is know for quality. Their vehicles are used as low-buck taxis in the Middle East. Military vehicles all throughout Europe. Even top-dollar off-roaders anywhere that values things with more flash than a rat with a gold tooth. It’s no surprise then that when it came time to immortalise the ageing G-Class platform, Mercedes set out to do it with style. About 50T of style.
Measuring in at 3 metres tall, and nearly 5 and a half metres long, the sculpture (for lack of a better term) was concocted in Hamburg in Germany with crews painstakingly posing the 1979 280 GE 4×4 over a 90 day period. Adding just one inch of resin a day, the project was then shipped halfway around the world to stand triumphantly at the entrance of the International Auto Show in Detroit. Done in part to promote the newly released model, the piece is hands down one of the most absurd celebrations by any auto maker and we absolutely love it!
Of course, it’s not the first time Mercedes have gone a little loopy. The G-Wagon seems to be one of the most ridiculous vehicles in the world. Mercedes have built 6×6 versions. Wild portal axle offerings. And some of the most expensive luxury SUVs of all time on the platform. From mild mannered 4-cylinder offerings. To insane twin turbo V8s, Mercedes have never been shy with it.
If you can understand German watch the full doco below.
Or get a load of this luxo-merc truck