Founded by Alex Levin in 2017, the Expedition Motor Company is a New Jersey-based shop specializing in made-to-order G-Wagen conversions. And while the East Coast automotive outfit churns out approximately two-dozen builds each year, EMC had never completed an automatic transmission G-Wagen project, though that’s now changing with the debut of the company’s “Vesuvio Grey Wolf” build, a bespoke 1990 Mercedes-Benz 250GD with an automatic tranny.
Intended to allow for quieter, more comfortable, and more effortless around-town cruising, the Vesuvio Grey Wolf — like all EMC builds — began with a strip-down and ground-up restoration that included overhauling and/or refreshing the lion’s share of the luxury SUV’s components, as well as adding an upgraded suspension package. Powering the one-off G-Wagen is one of EMC’s insanely reliable 0M602 diesel engines, which has been mated to a Mercedes-Benz five-speed 722.6 automatic transmission and paired with an original gear-shift lever from a top-shelf S-Class model. The project takes its name from the dark gray livery adorning its exterior, while the interior of the car boasts dark brown vinyl upholstery with orange accent stitching, plus a modern HVAC system, and Bluetooth connectivity. Available now, the Expedition Motor Company’s “Vesuvio Grey Wolf” 1990 Mercedes-Benz 250GD is priced at $117,500, though EMC G-Wagen builds start at $100,000, plus an additional $7,500 for the new automatic transmission upgrade.