Vintage Mercedes Camper – It’s bulletproof!

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Camping is about getting away from civilization. About getting in touch with the nature. But sometimes it may be difficult to reach the remote spots that guarantee all these. And a true test for your RV. But where there is a will, there is a way. And where there is a G-Class, there is surely a way.

This is not the G-Class that we usually spot in the city or in the off-road. The long wheelbase and a snail-shell in the back shows so. This is the Mercedes-Benz 290GD.

G-Class camper bulletproof

Introduced in 1979, the G-wagen–based 290GD was sold almost exclusively as a service vehicle, available to governments for military, police and medical use. It came standard with four-wheel drive and a 95 HP 5-cylinder diesel engine, hooked up with a 5-speed manual transmission. The vehicle was available in a variety of wheelbase and cab configurations.

1979 Mercedes-Benz 290GD

The camper in the picture is for sale and the owner claims a very low mileage, only 40 000 miles (about 64 300 km) on the odometer. The vehicle has spent most of its life as a Red Cross ambulance, before being converted into a camping version and, of course, the Red Cross logo has been removed. But as a reminiscence of its medical past in the battle field, the 290 GD is bulletproof!

1979 Mercedes-Benz 290GD

If you want to have it, you have to pay pretty much for it, although it is close to turning 40 years old. This Jack-of-all-trades comes for $54 000, but for the money, you get a flat screen TV and a full kitchen in the back. The seller never mentions the outdated furniture, but think of it as vintage. It was hardly ever used, says the sales ad.

The 1979 G-Class camper boasts extra insulation to keep out road noise, engine noise, heat and cold.

So what are you planning for your next holiday?

Source: Hemmings.