Over the last 25 years, M-B sold more than 175,000 G-Wagens, averaging about 7000 units per year (most of which go to various international militaries), and every one has been hand-built at the same Graz, Austria, assembly plant. Maybe not so surprising, this will be the last year the G-Class will be built in its current form--hence this extra-special AMG G55 model. We fully expect the next iteration G-Class to be reborn in a year or two to more appropriately compete with high-end Range Rover, Lexus, and Cadillac SUVs. Meanwhile, expect the 25th Anniversary Edition G55 to come in around $100,000. But you'll have to hurry. Of the 1900 or so G-Class models up for sale in the U.S. this year, only 300 will be offered with the AMG package. A fine gift after 25 years of hard work.

Price $100,000 (est)
Vehicle layoutFront engine, 4WD, 4-door, 5-pass SUV
Engine5.5L/469-hp supercharged V-8, DOHC, 3 valves/cyl
0-60 mph, sec 5.5 (est)
On sale in U.S.Fall 2004