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Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen Turns 35 Years Old

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/13/2014 Joseph Capparella
Mercedes Benz 300 GD© Provided by MotorTrend Mercedes Benz 300 GD

Mercedes-Benz is celebrating 35 years of the iconic G-Class with two new special editions for Europe called the G500 and G350 Bluetec Edition 35. A 1988 Mercedes-Benz G-Class named “Otto” that has visited 215 countries over the past 26 years will also be inducted into the Mercedes-Benz museum to commemorate this record-holding vehicle.

Otto, as the 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300 GD (pictured below) was affectionately named by owners Gunther and Christine Holtorf of Germany, has traveled more than 500,000 miles over the last 26 years and visited hundreds of countries along the way. As the couple finishes their globe-trotting journey, their well-worn G-Class will be displayed as part of the Classic Cars section of the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart starting this month. The Holtorf’s journey included a huge amount of off-road driving through rough terrain, and the couple crossed 410 borders through the course of their travels.

Obviously, quite a few ferry crossings were necessary to traverse different continents, and the diesel-powered G-Wagen drove at everything from the lowest point of the Dead Sea all the way up to a base camp on Mt. Everest -- more than 17,000 ft above sea level.

The two 35th Anniversary models for the current iteration of the G-Wagen SUV are based on the Europe-only Mercedes G350 Bluetec and G500 models, and feature a unique black and white contrasting paint scheme. These two models also have special 18-inch wheels, AMG wheel arches, and an interior trim package with available two-tone Designo leather and piano black trim.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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