Mercedes-Benz Encases 1979 Geländewagen in Synthetic Resin, On Display in Detroit
“Stronger Than Time” Video Wasn’t Special Effects
You’ll remember a few days ago when Mercedes-Benz called the all-new 2019 G-Class “stronger than time,” teasing the new SUV in a video that touted its legendary off-road DNA. In that video, we got a look at an old Geländewagen, seemingly trapped in amber, just like that mosquito from that dinosaur movie.
Well, as it turns out, that wasn’t special effects, as the German company did indeed encase a first-year G-Class in synthetic resin not unlike its fossilized equivalent. Using nearly 49 tons of the sticky substance, Mercedes-Benz now has what it claims is the world’s largest installation of resin, trapping a 1979 280 GE inside.
According to Mercedes-Benz, artists positioned the 280 GE in a deliberately dynamic position, making it appear as though it became trapped in tree sap “in its natural habitat,” driving off-road. The massive block measures 18 feet long, 8.3 feet wide, and 10.1 feet high, and it took nearly three months to complete, growing about an inch every day.
The cube will be on display at Cobo Hall during the 2018 North American International Auto Show, celebrating the official debut of the 2019 G-Class. Following its debut in Detroit, Mercedes-Benz will take the cube on tour for the regional launches of the 1979 G-wagen’s progeny.
While a not-so-small part of this author’s heart wishes Benz would have given him the 280 GE rather than trapping it in resin, there’s no denying the visual impact the cube’s installation will have. And knowing the 2019 G-Class will have plenty of the original model’s DNA is no small consolation. We’ll see the new SUV on Sunday, so stay tuned.