I recently spent time with a modern Mercedes-Benz G-Class and loved it. Many I ask about the older ones, however, say they are terrible to drive. I think I can deal with that, as my F100 wasn’t exactly a Lexus. And my Montero probably feels fairly similar in comparison to the older G. I’d love to have one spec’d for camping and adventure but that would be expensive to build. If you’re looking for a starting point, however, there’s one available right now on Bring-A-Trailer.
This 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300GD has been fitted with a roof-top pop-up camping setup. The rear seats are removed but included in the sale, and it looks like this truck has been prepped for duty. There’s tons of room for gear, supplies, etc in the rear cargo area. That OM603 diesel engine should run until the heat death of the universe. And the five-speed gearbox, transfer case, and trio of locking differentials will get you out to campsites as remote as you can handle.
This rad rig is currently living in Colorado. There are three days left of bidding and the current high bid is $12,500 (as of the time this post went up). If you’ve been looking for a quarantine escape machine, this could be one hell of a building block on which to start your adventure.