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Ever wondered what you'd get if you converted a Mercedes Gelandewagen into a monster truck? Wonder no more - a client of German custom-builder GWF has done it for you.
This beetle-crusher deluxe started life in 2002 as a G500 V8 station wagon; most of that is till there, but where the luggage compartment used to be there's now an extended chassis under a humungous load-bed, taking the Gelandemonster out to an overall length of more than 6.3 metres - longer and taller than an original Humvee and way bigger than a Hummer H2.
FASHIONABLE, IF IMPRACTICAL, MATTE BLACK It rides on raised suspension and special off-road tyres, stands 2.2 metres high, 2.25 metres and weighs 2800kg empty, and it's finished in fashionable (if impractical) matte black.
Yet the rest of it is surprisingly standard. The original five-litre V8, manual transmission and transfer case are still there, and GWF hasn’t touched the original, rather basic but very spacious interior - except for the bulkhead right behind the rear seats, of course.
Ironically, the guy GWF built specially if for is now selling it for €125 000 (R1.3 million); maybe he found it was too big for his garage.