Some markets, just not here, you can still buy a vehicle that rides like a lumberwagon (and I'd run it all day long) with modern amenities such as driver and passenger airbags (and little else), diesel, seats 10https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltWdbnRhoNI
Or the doublecab version:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzgoiQd-mcI
Look at the beautiful solid axle:
As you say, regulations killed the 'real' W463, still a market so they adapted, for better (for some) for worse (for others, me included). But I'm not the target market, I'd never buy a brand new G, even the last series (just cost alone). But 15yr+ W461's are more my style anyway.