The Mercedes-Benz G-Class or G-Wagon, short for Geländewagen (cross-country vehicle), is characterised by its boxy styling and body-on-frame construction. It uses three fully locking differentials, one of the few vehicles to have such a feature. The G-Class is still in production and is one of the longest produced Mercedes-Benz in Daimler’s history. It was developed as a military vehicle from a suggestion by the Shah of Iran and offered as a civilian version in 1979.
A new version was expected for 2007, but ultimately whilst the new GL-Class is a fine performing product in the Mercedes tradition, it was not sufficient to steal the affection for the classic Geländewagen. And so the G-Wagon is still in production and selling well to the current day.
This example was ordered new from Mercedes dealer Sparshatt Jones of Bexleyheath for delivery to Mr. Kubrick’s private residence at Childwickbury Manor, St Albans. Mr. Kubrick ordered the car shortly after his film ‘Full Metal Jacket’ debuted in the cinemas. The suspicion is that he waited to see how the film would be received at the box offices before plumping to order a new car for himself.
Our vendor, a long-standing fan of both Stanley Kubrick and classic cars, entrusted To-Ta motors, the garage featured in the Discovery Channel/Channel 4 television series ‘Car SOS’ and characterised by the mechanic Fuzz Townsend, to undertake restoration works on the car to the tune of c. £10,000. Once restoration was completed a significant sum was spent to ensure the car is both mechanically and electrically sound.
We understand the G-Wagen is offered with a virtually a complete history file of works completed over the years, its original order sheets, a copy of Mr. Kubrick’s DVLA registration document, and a Stanley Kubrick ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ ceremony brochure.