Wednesday, February 20, 2019

1984 Armored Mercedes Benz G-Wagen

People call G-Wagens bulletproof because they are built so well. This one really is bulletproof. (I sort of stole that description from the dealer's ad. ;-))

Yes, this is an armored G-Wagen. That's not too unusual. In today's dangerous world, more and more people with wealth are buying armored vehicles. What makes this unusual is not only is it bulletproof, it has a roof turret, gun ports in the glass and a swiveling "gunner seat." You can fight back in this G-Wagen. Or you can start a fight, I guess.

Other protections include a walk on hood made of thick guage steel, Kevlar floor protection, explosion proof mesh in fuel tank, a bullet proof and deflecting grille, thick guage bumpers front and rear and bead lock wheels with ABS run flat inserts. This is one serious G-Wagen.

Mechanically its a standard G-Wagen with a 6 cylinder engine and a 5 speed manual transmission. It recently received a new battery, fuel pump, crank sensor and a tuneup. It has 38,000 miles on it.

We are not told who first owned this and why they needed to not only be protected, but to be able to fight back. I bet that story could be pretty interesting.

What is somewhat amusing is who is selling it. The dealer - Mastroianni Auto Sales - is about 20 miles from where I live. I don't know them and have never dealt with them, but from what I hear, they have a good reputation for selling dependable, late model cars and trucks. This is not their standard fare. Imagine walking through rows of Chevys, Hondas, Fords, Nissans, etc., and spotting this.

My lifestyle isn't one that requires me to own an armored vehicle, but if yours is, here's your chance to own a classic.

Located in Palmer, MA, click here to see the dealer's ad.

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