Rare Restored 1997 Mercedes G Wagon G Class SWB 290D Manual LHD USA Defender

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A comprehensively overhauled Left Hand Drive
Mercedes G290D that is a factory military spec model with strengthened chassis and many
other enhancements.

I bought this from a specialist supplier in Holland and have
spent much time and money turning it into my dream G Wagon. I wanted it to be
usable as a daily driver so upgraded a few areas to make it more usable. It has
the desirable and super durable 5 cylinder 2.9 litre diesel that is far nicer
to use day to day than the gutless 4 cylinder 240D and 250D engines that many
military G Wagons run. It’s mated to the equally tough 5 speed manual gearbox
that is fine to use and has a healthy clutch. The transfer case and locking
differential are also in fine order. It has recently passed it’s MOT with no
advisories and no remedial work needing doing.

The bodywork is in great condition with no rust or major
marks and it has been fully repainted in iconic Audi Nardo Grey and looks
brilliant. Various exterior trim components have also been restored and
professionally powder coated meaning this car looks very sharp and cohesive.
Inside the floors have been painted in colour-matched Raptor paint for an ultra
tough and durable finish and have been fitted with heavy duty rubber floor
mats. In the back the foldable rear jump seats are in great condition also. The
front seats are also in great condition with their original period fabric still
in great condition and commensurate with the low mileage and there is also the original rev counter fitted (try finding that on a pre 00’s Defender!)

Everything works as it should with no noises, smoke, smells
etc and it drives beautifully with no slack or wear anywhere. The mileage is
76,000 kilometres (47,500 miles) and the interior surfaces and materials are
testament to this. The overall suspension, power assisted steering, brakes and
bushes are also in great shape. It has a reinforced military / government spec
construction which is tougher than the standard G Wagon set-up (already itself
pretty bomb proof) and this model includes special hooks to allow it to be
lashed down to a pallet for transport or to be attached to a helicopter and
flown to areas over the battlefield. This particular G Wagon has had an easier
life though, originally being an event car for the Amsterdam police force.

The original heavy duty reinforced 16” steel wheels have
been refurbished and fitted with uprated higher profile dual purpose tyres.
There are also extensive upgrades to the exterior lighting to make driving at
night safer and a 12V step-down cigar lighter has also been fitted to power any
accessories you made need. I have fitted a high quality LED dipped and main
beam headlight kit to provide great visibility and a more modern, higher
specification style which is complimented by an upgraded set of fog / daytime
running lights, again powered by LED’s. I have fitted a new sound system
including a new head unit featuring USB and Aux connections.

When I got it I had it fully checked over and serviced using
high quality filters and the correct synthetic oil (nothing further due for at
least another 10,000 miles and even then it will only be a minor oil service)
The coolant, brake, transmission, differential and axle fluids were renewed at
the same time as well as the front brake discs and brake pads. The internal
sections have also been waxoiled and the underside of the car undersealed (The
chassis is in fantastic condition) I also found a rare genuine tow bar and had
this powder coated and fitted and it is matched to an operational set of towing
electrics (it will tow up to 3,100kgs braked weight according to Mercedes)

I have loved building and using this car, it has turned out
better than I’d dated hoped and it drives brilliantly. I’d have no hesitation driving it to the South of France and it tows brilliantly. It will also qualify
age-wise for export to the US / USA / North America from March under their 25
years+ import rules.

Viewing and inspection is available is Cheshire and if you
have any questions please feel free to ask and thanks for looking.

Specification: Rare Restored 1997 Mercedes G Wagon G Class SWB 290D Manual LHD USA Defender

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