The new special exhibition at the Mercedes-Benz Museum entitled “G-Schichten” (G stories) celebrates 40 years of the G-Class and will be recounting the history of the G with eleven vehicles and further exhibits between 18 October 2019 and 19 April 2020. Throughout the opening weekend on both 19 and 20 October further special G-Class vehicles will be on show inside and outside the museum, including a G from Porsche Museum’s collection. Also, there will be an art project for children involving an actual G-Class.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been an unparalleled success story since its première 40 years ago: from the outset, the vehicle has been inspiring with outstanding off-road properties as well as its confident on-road appearance.
The new Mercedes-Benz Museum special exhibition is entitled “G-Schichten” (G stories). It recounts the diverse history of this model series by showcasing very different specimens of this vehicle model. The exhibition will be open in Collection Room 5 between 18 October 2019 and 19 April 2020.
The stars of the exhibition will be vehicles dating back to 1979. They will include the 1980 “Popemobile”, a faithful reconstruction of the vehicle that won the 1983 Paris–Dakar rally and the very last G-Class Cabriolet from 2013.
Programme of the opening weekend, 19 and 20 October, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
- Seeing and being seen: In addition to the exhibition, five special G-Class vehicles will be on show on the museum hill. Three Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG “Crazy Color” special editions will be making their colourful mark. A G 63 AMG 6x6 will be demonstrating how the unique properties of the G-Class are pushed even further with three instead of two axles, and the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet merges the off-road capabilities of the G with luxury at the highest level. Further converted G-Class exhibits will be on show in the Large Hall. They will be showcased by LeTech, a company based in Welzheim which specialises in off-road vehicles. Plenty more variants of the off-road icon are also expected to flock to the museum hill as visitors travelling to the exhibition in their G-Class can park in front of the museum and visit the exhibition free of charge.
- Be creative: As part of a project headed up by the art school Kunstschule Unteres Remstal children will be able to apply colourful foils to an actual G-Class. Young artists will be designing the motifs themselves using stencils. Drawing templates and modelling sheets will also be available to create paper models of the cross-country vehicle.
- Win: Spin a wheel of fortune at the exhibition on both days.
Porsche Museum is providing a very special exhibit during the weekend: A G-Class that was used as the service vehicle during the 1986 Paris-Dakar rally. It is driven by a 4.7-litre V8 engine from a Porsche 928.