Mercedes Put a 1979 G-Wagen In 50 Tons Of Resin

The installation took 90 days to make, finished just in time for the 2019 G-Class debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

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Despite looking very similar to the 1979 original, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a brand new SUV with a much nicer interior and an independent front suspension. But to show you why it's still shaped like a brick, Mercedes will present it next to a 1979 280 GE, enclosed in 49.7 tons of synthetic resin.

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The square block is 18 feet long, 8.3 feet wide and 10.1 feet high.

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It took 90 days to create, with the team adding approximately an inch of resin to the block per day.

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49.7 tons of plastic ensures protection from the elements.

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Entirely hand-polished, of course.

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Too bad they used a stock four-cylinder G instead of AMG's experimental 1979 model.

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While most G-Wagens were built in Graz, Austria by contractor Magna Steyr, a few military versions were constructed in Algeria and Greece for the local forces. The 2018 version will also be made by Magna Steyr.

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