In 1969, Joachim Zahn of Daimler-Benz and Karl Rabus of Austrian carmaker Steyr-Daimler-Puch got together with the intention of collaborating on an all-conquering off-road vehicle that would also be able to handle on tarmac.
That was 50 years ago. And yes, we said the G was only 40, because product development wasn’t quite as rapid back in those days, and it was a full decade before the wraps came off the very first G-Class in Toulon, 1979.
Back then it was a utilitarian rival for the Land Rover Defender and was extremely accomplished in the rough stuff. However, over the years it has developed its own brand – becoming one of the most in-demand city cars for the image-conscious, despite looking remarkably similar to the original.
So, just how did we get to where the G is today? Click through to find out…