Mercedes expected the G500 to attract perhaps 1,000 people a year wanting a vehicle that no one else on the block much less within the state probably would own--unless, of course, you live next to Jennifer, Brad or Arnold. But it sold more than 2,000 copies in '02 and has sold more than 1,000 copies in the first seven months of '03. "We wish we could get more of them," Mercedes spokesman Fred Heiler said of a sport-utility vehicle which he admits is "more utilitarian than it is sporty." The G500 is powered by a 5-liter, 292-h.p. V-8 teamed with a 5-speed automatic that won't win Arnold many votes among California environmentalists because it is rated at 12 m.p.g. city/14 m.p.g. highway. At a $73,600 base price you'd expect the civilian G500 to come fully loaded, and it does with full time all-wheel-drive, four-wheel anti-lock brakes and electronic traction and stability control, which certainly help because with the tall roof, you feel top heavy and need the assurance of keeping the wheels side down. It also comes with dual-zone climate control, power seats/locks/mirrors/sunroof, leather seats, AM/FM stereo with CD changer, headlight washers and rear window washer/wiper. Add $800 for a Harmon Kardon sound-system upgrade, $550 for backup warning system and $720 for freight. Strictly personal: Anniversary greetings to the bottle blonde who looks the same (pretty close) as she did at the altar 30-something years ago.