The super-rare Puch 500 GE is on sale, but it’s also not close to Mercedes …April 9, 2020
In total, only three copies of the SUV were made, and specifically this one received an exclusive body color. A similar version of the legendary German G-Class was produced between 1993 and 1994.
The development of the original German Mercedes G-Class SUV began in 1972 when the former Daimler-Benz AG (now Daimler AG) teamed up with the Steyr-Daimler-Puch (now Magna Steyr) from Graz, Austria. Three years later, the start of serial production of what is one of the most respected SUVs in the world was approved. Also in 1975, both sides agreed to create a new plant in Graz, where the G-Class was produced from February 1, 1979.
In some countries, for example, in Austria and Switzerland, the G-Class was sold until the end of 1999 with Puch nameplates, and not with the Mercedes logo.
Specifically, this car is one of them, but it is also an extremely rare instance of an SUV, since it is just one of three built 500 GEs that did not have a three-pointed star brand nameplate; instead, they received the Puch badge. Sold only in a five-door form with a long wheelbase, the first G-Class with a V8 engine was produced from 1993 to 1994, a total of 446 copies were collected.
This Puch 500 GE was used in its time for homologation, testing and press park. It was this car that was on the cover of many brochures and magazines issued in the 1990s and comes with a ton of standard equipment, including side steps, alloy wheels, heated front seats, cruise control and an electric sunroof.
Its 5.0-liter M117 engine is rated at 237 horsepower (375 Nm) and can accelerate an SUV to 100 km / h in 10.5 seconds. The maximum speed is 175 km / h. The machine weighs 2,370 kilograms.
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