Famously borne out of a military contract in the late 1970s, the original Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen transitioned from a spartan and purposeful truck to a status symbol among cognoscenti and then transitioned once more to a mainstream status symbol during its absurd 39-year production run that finally concluded in 2018. In 2005, Mercedes announced that the vehicle would be phased out of the US market, which caused such an outcry that the decision was rescinded and the G remained on sale for another dozen years.
The legend of the G is built on capability and quality. There is something unashamedly authentic and focused about it that is manifested in its iconic aesthetic, something which has proven irresistible for buyers seeking to telegraph both their good fortune and their good taste. For the 2002 model year, fully 23 years after the start of production of the G, Mercedes-Benz North America decided to officially import the truck to the United States, and the response was overwhelming. In 2006, Mercedes-Benz announced that the G would be discontinued for the United States and the public furor was so great that the decision was rescinded and production continued for another dozen years.
During its entire life, the G was updated continually. In the US market, the G550 replaced the G500 for the 2009 model year, boosting power from 292 to 382 hp, more than the first G55 AMG! A 7-speed transmission was also added at this time. A new interior arrived in 2012, and in 2016, the G550 powerplant was upgraded again and power rose to 416 hp. Technology and features were added as well, to meet the demands of American buyers at such a stratospheric price, $134,075 with options in the case of this 2016 G550.
This particular G550 benefits from the updated engine and 7-speed transmission and is well optioned with designo Mystic White Metallic Paint with Porcelain Nappa Leather. It also has carbon fiber interior trim, adjustable suspension, all season floor mats, and heated steering wheel. A one-owner truck, this 12,000 Mile G550 has been regularly maintained by authorized Mercedes-Benz dealers and comes with first aid kits, both keys, books, and window sticker.