A true master of the art of creative collaboration, esteemed artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh has unveiled what might be his most impressive partnership yet. Teaming up with Mercedes-Benz, he has produced Project Geländewagen, a one-off creation that's arguably more of an artwork than an automobile.
Abloh worked with Mercedes-Benz Chief Design Officer Gorden Wagener to reimagine the iconic G-Class SUV as a streamlined racing car, stripping it back and removing indicators, outside mirrors and bumper bars, as well as giving it a hand-sanded paint job. The interior has also had a full revamp. In true racing style, it's been fitted with a racing steering wheel and bucket seats, while the digital dashboard has been replaced by an analogue speedometer and fuel gauges, the likes of which are typical of classic cars. Whether you love or hate the new model, there's no denying that it's an impressive makeover. But we would expect nothing less from a Virgil Abloh-designed G-Class.
If you're keen to get your hands on Abloh's masterpiece, you're unfortunately out of luck. A smaller replica of the model is set to be auctioned as part of Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated later this month, with all proceeds going to an undisclosed organisation that supports the creative industries.
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