We are pleased to offer this European-market 1985 Mercedes-Benz W460 280GE finished in Karminrot (Carmine Red) over tan leather. Perhaps the purest expression of one the most iconic off-road vehicles of all time, this W460 represents the original Geländewagen series and was brought to the U.S. by the authorized import specialist Europa International, Inc. Featuring unique equipment including rear jump seats, a Safari top, and custom winch bumper, this 280GE recently underwent a major service along with custom electronic upgrades and is now being offered for auction by its seller in Arizona while showing approximately 83k miles on the 5-digit odometer.
This G-wagon is presented in its factory color of Karminrot (3002), and the condition of the paint is depicted in the photo gallery. The seller reports that this W460 was also previously refinished at some point during its life, detailed images are provided in the photo gallery along with a clean CARFAX. A Safari top helps to protect the roof from heavy loads while allowing an insulating layer of air to pass through. Other exterior features include side running boards, a custom-built Europa winch bumper with a Warn winch, and 16” military-style Hutchinson bead lock wheels finished in black and dressed in new Maxxis 980 Bravo A/T tires. A plaque from Europa International Inc. is also located on the rear along with a branded tow-hitch cover.
Inside, you will find a well-kept tan leather interior with a newly installed Alpine touchscreen control unit which operates various features throughout the vehicle including the exterior lighting and winch. An aftermarket alarm system is installed and a custom amplified sound system has also been equipped along with a JL subwoofer at a reported cost of over $2k. This example features rear jump seats as well as air conditioning, a heated rear window with a wiper, a swiveling map light for the passenger, and luggage nets on the front-seat backrests as well as power windows and power door locks which were rare options on these early G-wagons. The A/C system is reported to have been recently serviced, a new heater core was installed, and all gauges and accessories are said to be working properly. A mileage inconsistency is reported on CARFAX and the seller states this to be the result of a previous registration typo.
This W460 is equipped with a fuel-injected 2.7 L inline-6 M110 engine rated at approximately 154 HP and 165 lb.-ft of torque. All four wheels are driven through a 4-speed automatic transmission with locking differentials. Recent service items are said to include a full coolant system overhaul, all new fluids, a new fan clutch, new brake pads and rotors, new Bilstein shock absorbers, and a new battery. This G-wagon is reported to be in strong running order and some service records are provided for reference in the photo gallery.
This sale will include a clean title and some service records. A true off-road icon, this authentic Europa-imported W460 is not to be overlooked.