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From 1979 until 1992

When in February 1979 the Mercedes-Benz G-Models were presented, a totally new terrain was entered. Already during the war Mercedes-Benz had made cross-country cars which were, however, primarily used by civil as well as non-civil state institutions. The new generation of off-road cars were, on the one hand, conceived as an exclusive vehicle for free time activities, on the other hand, for heavy use in industrial and community areas. Continue reading...


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    The development took place in co-operation with the Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG which extended the Puch plant in Graz-Thondorf for the series production of the G-Models. First, on the basis of a co-operation contract, the "Gelände-Fahrzeug GmbH" (off-road vehicles ltd.), in which both partners participated with 50 %, signed responsible for the production. In August 1981 the participation of Daimler-Benz in the GFG was given up. Ever since, Mercedes-Benz off-road vehicles are produced by Steyr-Daimler-Puch as subcontractors. In Austria, Switzerland and the COMECON countries the otherwise totally identical vehicles are sold under the trademark "Puch".

    The G-Series model range originally comprised four engine- and five body-variants as well as chassis with two different frame lengths and wheelbases. Besides an open car with short wheelbase one could also choose a station wagon, as well as a box-type truck on a short or long chassis. As to aggregates and engines one had gone back to proven components - quite in line with the modular system long practised by Daimler-Benz. As engines the 2.4-liter and 3.0-liter Diesel aggregates, the 2.3-liter carburettor engine and the 2.8-liter injection engine, all of them known from series 123, were used. Internally all models and variants were assigned to series 460.

    In the course of continuous model improvement and further development the interior equipment was refined several times and the range of special equipment constantly extended. In addition, the range of engines was changed as well. In April 1982, 230 GE with the 2.3-liter injection engine M 102 was presented. On the domestic market it functioned as the successor of the former 230 G. Since 1986 it was also available on demand with a three-way catalyst. Since 1986 a variant with 2.0-liter injection engine was exclusively produced as an export model for Italy. In October 1987 the 250 GD with its 2.5-liter 5-cylinder Diesel engine OM 602 was introduced into the market and replaced the proven 240 GD.

    A new chapter in the history of the G model began in September 1989, when a fundamentally reworked model line-up – internal designation: 463 series – was presented. For commercial customers, model series 460 with all its body versions was kept in the sales program.


    In the beginning of 1992, both diesel versions of the 460 series were replaced with the new type 290 GD; it was assigned to the 461 series, like the still available 230 GE. In the years before that, this designation had been limited to the versions with 24-volt on-board electronics, which were predominantly used for non-civil purposes.


    Source: Mercedes-Benz-Publicarchive.com

    Year Model Manual (link) Region Language Added
    1984 230G 230GE 280GE * Operating Instructions English 27 oct 2020
    1989 240GD 300GD * Operating Instructions English 27 oct 2020
    1989 240GD 300GD * Betriebsanleitung German (Deutsch) 17 apr 2021
    Description / Link Model Year Language Added
    W460 Service Manual W460 240GD / 300GD ? English 26 nov 2020
    W460 Service Manual W460 280GE ? English 26 nov 2020
    W460 Service Manual W460 All Models 1980 Spanish 26 nov 2020
    W460 Service Manual 230G W460 230G 1990 French 17 jan 2021
    Year / Version DE EN ES FR IT NL PT
    1979 Brochures & Price Lists
    * Mercedes-Benz W460 P / B B
    * Puch W460 X
    1981 Brochures & Price Lists P
    1982 Brochures & Price Lists P / B
    1983 Brochures X
    1984 Brochures & Price lists P
    1985 Brochures X
    1986 Brochures X X
    1987 Brochures B / P X X
    1988 Brochures & Price Lists X
    1989 Brochures
    * Mercedes-Benz W463 B


    Description (link) Language Added
    01. Die Antwort auf alle Ansprüche (1979) German 01 Oct 2020

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