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This Gorgeous Blue 1991 G-Wagon Restomod Is Summer on 4 Wheels

This Gorgeous Blue 1991 G-Wagon Restomod Is Summer on 4 Wheels

Looking for a stylish way to zip between your home and the beach? Expedition Motor Company might have just what you’re looking for.

The New Jersey-based G-Class specialists have just unveiled a new build based on the 1991 250GD Wolf convertible. Finished in bright blue over a tan interior, this open-top 4×4 is tailor-made for some fun in the sun.

This isn’t the first 250GD Wolf we’ve seen from Expedition Motor Company, but it just might be the most playful. The last 4×4 we spied from the shop sported a blacked-out look that evoked its military roots, but this one is decidedly more colorful. The utility vehicle’s boxy shape is finished in a vibrant coat of Gulf Blue, offset by a roll-up khaki top and a set of black bumpers, wheel arches and wheels. Inside the vehicle basically everything— including the all-weather Praline seats—is done up in tan. Although the spartan cabin looks period appropriate, it has been equipped with some modern conveniences including a center stack-mounted infotainment system that’s CarPlay compatible, air conditioning and even some cup holders.

Inside the 1991 250GD Wolf 

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The bigger changes can be found under the hood. Like all of Expedition Motor Company’s restomods, this 250GD Wolf was completely rebuilt from the ground up. It’s powered by a fully restored OM602 straight-five diesel engine mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox sourced from an S-Class, according to Motor1.com. While some enthusiasts may not love that last feature—a manual is available as an option on the company’s other builds—it allows for smoother and quieter gear shifting on- or off-road. Other mechanical upgrades include new body mounts along with new fuel and brake lines. The axles, suspension and brake calipers have also been rebuilt and upgraded, which should allow for a more comfortable ride, no matter what you’re driving over.
This particular build is available now from Expedition Motor Company for $164,900. However, if you want something a little different, you can work with the shop to build your own. Pricing starts at $150,000. Be warned, though, if you go the custom route you might have to wait until next summer to take your 250GD Wolf for a spin. Expedition said the Gulf Blue version took 1,450 hours to complete. But, as they say, good things do come to those who wait.

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Car of the Week: This Reimagined Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen Wolf Is Ready to Prowl

Car of the Week: This Reimagined Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen Wolf Is Ready to Prowl

It seems that the popularity of the Mercedes-Benz G-Series has never been greater, with customers clamoring for the boxy brutes at dealer showrooms and paying well over MSRP to cut to the front of the waiting line. And there’s no question that the vehicle that started life as an unadorned military appliance has been gentrified beyond the wildest dreams of the original’s designers.

What has become a luxury appointed sheep-in-wolf’s clothing was, in its initial form, a Wolf . . . period. In fact, that’s what the German military codenamed their Geländewagen (terrain vehicle), which first rolled out of the Steyr factory in Graz, Austria, back in 1987. But not every G-Wagen of the era was a Wolf. To be called such, the vehicle had to have a fold-down windshield and a convertible soft top. And be a 250GD. That’s the sweet spot, according to Alex Levin, founder of Expedition Motor Company in Frenchtown, N.J.

The latest Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen Wolf restomod from Expedition Motor Company. 

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In the spirit of the old Land Rover Defender, the original 250GD was a workhorse with nothing in the way of creature comforts, just plenty of authenticity and a certain grit that comes from time in the trenches. But unlike the old Defenders, the Mercedes-Benz 250GD never came to the US, that is until Expedition Motor Company decided to offer perfectly restored examples with enough modern touches to bridge the decades and appeal to customers whose other rides might as easily wear a Bentley or Lamborghini badge.
Expedition Motor Company begins by sourcing examples of the 250GD, produced between 1990 and 1993, a model with millions of miles of proven service throughout its years of production. In fact, its diesel 0M602 power plant is known as the “million-kilometer engine” because of its rock-solid durability.

The interior features new instruments, gauges and an upgraded entertainment system with new Bluetooth and USB plug-in capabilities. 

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The ensuing restoration is a comprehensive one. Each Wolf is the subject of more than 1,000 hours of labor in the course of the project. Every example is stripped to bare metal and painstakingly rebuilt to as-new condition, with customers choosing from a palette of retro and contemporary colors, hand-stitched interiors, options that include climate control by Vintage Air, assorted bumpers, trim, winches, etc. And for the first time, a Mercedes-Benz automatic transmission can be specified, which brings an entirely new level of convenience to the driving experience.

The restomod’s diesel inline-five engine. 

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Pairing the high-ratio five-speed gearbox, the same fitted in Mercedes’ 2000-era S-Class sedans, to the hard-working diesel engine that powers the 250GD was a sophisticated engineering exercise, requiring a custom transmission control unit (TCU) in order to maintain perfectly smooth gear changes, quiet operation and reliability. A $7,500 option, it can be combined with another newly developed extra for the stout inline-five engine: turbocharging. Also priced at $7,500, the forced induction adds power and flexibility to the 2.5-liter diesel’s output.

Expedition Motor Company begins each project by sourcing examples of the Mercedes-Benz 250GD, produced between 1990 and 1993. 

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Other revisions that come standard are new instruments and gauges, an all-new wiring harness, premium headlamps (previously optional equipment) and an upgraded entertainment system with new Bluetooth capabilities as well as USB and device plug-in considerations.

Options for an automatic transmission and turbocharging are also available. 

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The Expedition Motor Company’s 250GD Wolf is legal in 49 states and, with automatic transmission and turbocharged engine, is priced around $125,000.

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