This is the Mercedes AMG 280 GE 5.6 Sport prototype, rumored to have been built by Mercedes-AMG in very limited quantities for affluent customers in the Middle East, and generally regarded as the predecessor of the current AMG G offerings.
Just look at the weird mashup between the W123 grille and W116 headlights, note the gold accents and just tell us the 1970s weren’t just as disco-crazy as the subsequent decades… The example we see here was revealed from storage by the German company’s AMG performance division during a recent press event ear Stuttgart, showcasing to the media this interesting prototype of an S-Class-powered G. Yes, we got that right – it has the engine of an S Class inside.
Back in 1979, during the first year of Steyr-Daimler-Puch production in Austria, this was done most likely to attract attention on the newly established AMG department, which usually focused on race models and bespoke examples such as the 1974 300SL AMG. AMG took for the job the 5.6-liter eight-cylinder engine of the S-Class, Mercedes’ second biggest mill back then and delivered this crazy factory-approved tuned G-Wagen. Now that’s history, with the German brand ready to unveil a new generation G Class soon, and that one will surely will be riddled with AMG versions and special series, as per usual.
Via Road and Track