Mercedes Reveals How It Encased A G-Class In 45 Tons Of Resin

Video

Instead of dinosaur blood-filled mosquitoes, there was a 1979 G-Class.

Until last January, Mercedes-Benz had never launched a new generation G-Class. The iconic SUV launched in 1979 and changed relatively little over the following decades. When it came time for a complete redesign, the German automaker knew it couldn’t mess too much with success, though architectural updates were needed. To help ensure G-Class loyalists and future buyers the SUV stayed true to its roots, Mercedes encased a 1979 G-Class in 45 tons of resin, shaped into a cube, and mounted it at the entrance of Detroit’s Cobo Hall.

It was mighty impressive, as this writer saw it in the flesh as his own flesh suffered outside in the bitter January cold. Weighing a total of 52 tons, the Amber Cube required 90 days of production. No doubt Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche was quite pleased with the finished product.

You Might Also Like
8 Sports Cars With Three-Cylinder Engines
8 Sports Cars With Three-Cylinder Engines
7 Brands That Refuse To Build An SUV
7 Brands That Refuse To Build An SUV

It wasn’t like encasing a mosquito in amber and, if it didn’t work, simply try again. No, this was a one-shot deal. There were no room for mistakes otherwise all would be ruined. Fortunately they got it right, and the completed 52 ton, 10.5 feet tall and 8.4 feet wide sculpture featuring the “trapped” 1979 G-Class was transported from Hamburg, Germany, to Detroit, Michigan, a distance of 4,000 miles. Not a bad way to properly celebrate the launch of the new 2019 G-Class.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Truck Makes More Power Than Anything You’ve Got

This crazy beast is even more powerful than the Ford GT.

Ford Imagines A Future With No Traffic Lights

Stopping at junctions could be a thing of the past in the future.

One-Off Ferrari 330GT Speciale Is A 50-Year-Old Dream Come True

This stunning coachbuilding project is a tribute to legendary Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.

Students Create 600-HP Honda Civic Hybrid Rallycross Machine

Deep Orange 9 is our kind of school project.

Is The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Way More Powerful Than Advertised?

Jaguar claims the super sedan has 592 horsepower under the hood.

What's Hot

Related Cars

Starting MSRP
$130,000

Related Reviews

2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV Review
Model Overview
0
2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV Review
2018 Mercedes G-Class First Look Review: The Perfect Sequel
First Look
24
2018 Mercedes G-Class First Look Review: The Perfect Sequel
2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class First Drive Review: Something Old, Something New
First Drive
1
2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class First Drive Review: Something Old, Something New