The 35th Anniversary Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen looks tougher - Road & Track

The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen’s exterior hasn’t changed significantly since 1979, when Steyr-Daimler-Puch unveiled the square-jawed bruiser as a military transporter. It’s about as utilitarian as is gets, but its come along way. Somewhere in the intervening decades, that mil-spec look caught the eye of the ultra-luxury set, and the most fashionable corners of L.A., Paris, and New York became its main stomping grounds. Now, to celebrate its 35th birthday, Mercedes worked a bit of old-school toughness back into the G-Wagen’s look.

Mind you, folks have been sneaking it into the US for a while now, but it went official this past decade. There’s no shortage of appointments either. Edition 35 of the ammo-box-on-wheels adds metallic black accents to the 18-inch wheels, bumpers, fender flares, mirrors, and roof. The special edition is available in black, silver, or (our favorite) a very UN-looking Mystic White. Inside, the leather interior comes in all-black or two-tone black and white, with contrasting red stitching.

Edition 35 hasn’t been announced officially for the U.S., but it’s expected to come to the States as an option package on the already astoundingly expensive G500, perhaps under a different name. The package stickers on the high end of $120,000 in Europe right now.

The 35th Anniversary Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen looks tougher – Road & Track.