For the past 40 years, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been a popular tuning platform alongside the likes of the Jeep Wrangler and the Land Rover Defender. Everyone from custom shops to Mercedes engineers have taken a shot at creating their own vision of what the G-Class could be. All of that has been building up to Expedition Motor Company’s 40th anniversary version of the classic car.
Expedition Motor Company started their custom G-Class with a 1992 military spec G250GD Wolf, which they subsequently rebuilt from the ground up. The exterior is more than just a restoration job, receiving plenty of new additions, like a front mounted winch, changed up bumpers, a modified grille, and new LED lighting in the back. The biggest change, however, was that of abandoning the classic box shape in lieu of a two-door convertible configuration. Expedition finished off the exterior changes with a Mojave Silver paint job.
For the interior, Expedition kept that Mercedes look and feel, with square shapes and analog gauges. Expedition also used brown vinyl fabric for the interior for its durability, accenting it with orange elements. Lighting for the interior has been updated with LEDs.
The five speed manual transmission of the G-Wagen remains mated to a 2.5-liter inline five cylinder diesel. Expedition did update the water pump, timing belt, pistons, and seals. The transmission was also updated with new throw out bearing, new seals, and a new clutch. The upgrades continue with new brakes as well as a new transfer case. Being a military-grade vehicle, the G-Wagen had a 24-volt electrical system, which Expedition swapped out for a more consumer friendly 12-volt system.
All that work, and the 40 year history, has the anniversary edition starting out at $90,000—not bad when compared to the much higher priced customs that are out there. If you are considering it, be aware that it takes 12 to 16 weeks to complete the conversion.