The extremely rare Mercedes-Benz G4 offroader, fully operational with completely overhauled mechanical components but with all the deliberately retained traces of its venerable age.
The dashboard of the G4 - exquisite detail
The 1939 G4 rear axle in detail
The body back in place.
When the imposing 770 "Grand Mercedes" was introduced at the 1938 Berlin Motor Show, it was a vehicle of the highest order. Technical highlights included included an oval tubular frame, independent wheel suspension with coil springs at the front, a De Dio
Craftsmen going about their work on this rare vehicle.
The 1939 Mercedes-Benz G4 offroader: Fitting of the rear axles.
The bodywork is mounted back to the chassis
February 6, 2005 The 1939 Mercedes-Benz G4 offroader is an extremely rare vehicle: originally a gift to Spanish dictator General Franco and now owned by the Spanish royal family, it is one of just a few surviving units of this three-axle offroader originally developed for the German army – just three of the total of 57 units built are still considered absolutely authentic with a meticulously documented history. A no-expense-spared, three-year restoration was recently undertaken at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Centre with a correspondingly unusual request: the G4 was to be restored to a technically impeccable condition but was to retain its unique patina acquired in the course of its 66-year life. The restoration of the vehicle was a gift from Mercedes-Benz España to the Spanish Royal family and makes for fascinating reading:
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