2001 Mercedes-Benz G500
LHD Kuwait import in white with tan interior dressed to look like a G55 with quad side pipes and more than enough Bling - very cool
Eye-catching for sure, this impressive left-hand drive W463 series G-Wagen dates from January 2001 and comes to us from a Mercedes enthusiast and collector in Cardiff. Imported from Kuwait and registered in the UK in April 2021 this G500 looks to have originally been be a Japanese market example with various manufacturer stickers on the vehicle in Japanese as well as Arabic.
Finished in white, the car wears a set of big, attractive 19” AMG branded alloy wheels in satin black wearing equally large 275/55 R19 Pirelli Scorpion Zero M+S tyres along with carbon effect trim, LED driving lights, rear privacy glass, additional front lower chin spoiler and AMG side exit exhausts (both are only cosmetic, the exhaust exits adjacent to the driver’s side twin pipes) along with G55 AMG badging to create the look of the G55 version with updated head lights, grill and other bits.
Inside, we find acres of soft tan leather, electric windows, electrically adjustable heated front seats, reverse camera (built into the rear-view mirror), head light wash, heated rear screen, wash/wipe rear screen, cruise control, multi-function steering wheel, on-board computer, after-market Pioneer radio/CD, rear map pocket nets and sunroof.
Under the bonnet, is a 292bhp M113.965 series 5.0 litre V8 engine which develops a creamy 456Nm of torque, enough for some proper fun in the sand dunes ….or for towing on the M50 perhaps! Power goes to the road via 5-speed automatic transmission driving all 4-wheels via all-wheel drive and the G-wagon’s trick diffs selectable on the dash by button and 2nd gear lever for low ratio etc.
Showing 208,370Km (129 ,475 miles) the truck shows only limited signs of use commensurate with its age and mileage with some minor scuffing to the interior, door cards and exterior bodywork. The interior dash trim has been wrapped in carbon effect which is lifting and shrinking in various places as pictured – but this is readily cured by removal or re-wrap.
The history file includes the V5C showing 1 former keeper (the importer), few recent bills for new alternator, battery, starter motor, wipers and replacement shock absorber we also find confirmation of transfer of the private plate pictured which is not included and will be retained on successful sale of the vehicle, current MOT valid until March 2022 recording 3 minor advisories and a selection of parts and service invoices from Kuwait dating between 2018 and 2020.
Ready to be enjoyed, this cool and imposing G-Wagen has all the looks and noise of the G55 with much of the real world V8 performance from its 5.0 V8. It looks capable of fording every stream, climbing every pavement on the school run and impressing most of the neighbours and looks enticing value at the estimate – whack a private plate on and few would know its not the real G55 deal or that its 21 years old such are the array of cosmetic updates on the car – plus, it’s a G-Wagen, which is automatically a great thing to start with.
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Reg No: X272DDA
Chassis Number: WDB4632411X122141
Engine Size: 4,996cc
Docs: V5C; 2nd V5C; invoices from UK & Kuwait; MOT Mar-22 with 3 advisories, Hand Books.
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