Finding a Mercedes-Benz G-Class that doesn’t look and/or sound as if it were the Pale Rider’s favorite set of wheels, now that’s quite a surprise these days! An all original first gen survivor, the fact that it was a G-Class chassis-cab was just the icing on the cake.
That’s a truck, in other words. Compact and light, yet immensely durable and capable. It’s a 30 to 40 years old, first generation W460-300 GD, which means it’s powered by the OM 617 diesel engine; a naturally aspirated, 3.0 liter inline-five with a maximum power output of 88 DIN-hp.
I’d say that this mini-Unimog was imported from Germany, given its whole set-up and that shade of orange. It would have been ideal to remove snow from our bike paths, a viable alternative to the light trucks the municipalities here use for that purpose (think Volkswagen Transporter, Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and such).
The Benz is equipped with a Hiab 011 crane. This type of small cranes for light trucks is becoming more and more common, these are always mounted directly behind the bed’s headache rack.
Here’s an almost identical G-Class I found on the web, carrying a salt spreader on its bed. From municipality to celebrity, everybody just loves the G-Class!