First-generation W460 models were extremely capable machines: 80 percent grades and 54 percent lateral tilts were doable, though it might take a bit of patience because of the mildly endowed engines.
From the start, the G-Class came in opentop variants, such as this 460 from 1979.
One of the more visible G-Classes: the series W460 Popemobile, circa 1980. Within the Plexiglass dome, His Holiness could enjoy a climate-controlled environment along with excellent outward visibility.
A Mercedes-Benz 280GE tackles the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1983; Jacky Ickx and Claude Brasseur emerged victorious after 6,200 brutal miles.