Not a Benz: Ex-Austrian Feuerwehr 1980 Puch G in Anchorage

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This 1980 Puch G (VIN WDB46023117003777) was formerly a fire brigade support vehicle in its native Austria, and though actually assembled by Puch, these trucks are much more commonly marketed as Mercedes-Benz G-wagens. Originally built to 230GE-spec with a 2.3 liter gasoline four-cylinder, the truck now runs an OM617A turbodiesel five installed by the seller–a solid upgrade. The seller also claims to have owned several G’s over the years, and sounds to know their way around the platform. The lengthy, detailed ad contains information about several other upgrades, and further notes good running and driving behavior as well as included spare parts. Find it here on Craigslist in Anchorage, Alaska for $17k. Special thanks to BaT reader Adam F. for this submission.

Exterior photos show a straight body, but paint finish is a bit tough to get a read on due to below-freezing temperatures when photos were taken. The seller says there’s some minor oxidation and fading, and that the fire department insignia and lettering is all vinyl that could be removed. There’s a good accumulation of snow on top, but this is a standard height typ 461. The seller says a door is slightly misaligned thanks to a worn out hinge, and they also note dried weatherstripping. Wheels are a slightly upsized steel design that seems like a good fit, but one has a bend in it–the factory set and matching spare sound like they’re included.

Not a Benz: Ex-Austrian Feuerwehr 1980 Puch G in Anchorage

The interior presents well, with cool part-vinyl, part-tartan cloth upholstery. Plastics that make up the dash and instrument cluster also seem to be in decent shape, and the stereo head unit is a Becker Monza that’s wired in with four speakers, but needs an antenna adapter to get radio reception. The manual transmission shift boot is missing because the previous piece did not fit the 5-speed swap. Lifting the rubber floor mats reveals that both front floor pans have been patched, but the seller advises that the work, presumably carried out by a prior owner, could be improved and cleaned up.

Not a Benz: Ex-Austrian Feuerwehr 1980 Puch G in Anchorage

The rear bench seat is currently removed, but the seller says it matches the front seats and is in good shape. The same rubber floor cover extendeds to the rear and seems to be in good shape despite being frozen. The seller also mentions a factory jack and toolkit among other things.

Not a Benz: Ex-Austrian Feuerwehr 1980 Puch G in Anchorage

The original 2.3 liter M102 developed 125 HP and 140 lb. ft. and was the only gasoline engine available in military and service-oriented 461’s. That powerplant has been replaced by a turbocharged OM617A diesel five out of a sub-100k mile 300SD that the seller had previously owned.

Not a Benz: Ex-Austrian Feuerwehr 1980 Puch G in Anchorage

Power steering has been added, and the above-mentioned 5-speed upgrade replaced a 4-speed. A working block heater is noted, and the description also mentions a custom dual electric fan setup.