1962 Mercedes-Benz Unimog

I live in Providence, Rhode Island. Laugh, cry, shock, despair; all reasonable responses to that statement. That series of emotions also sums up the daily commute through Providence. Yes, the stories of how horrible Rhode Island drivers are tend to be true or understated even if they are spread mostly by equally bad Massachusetts drivers. A short aside which will clue you in to both Rhode Island politics and the state of driver training: when my wife went to get her driver’s test, the instructor asked if she was related to what proved to be her father. When the answer was yes, the clipboard went down and “Well why didn’t you say so!” was followed by absolutely no evaluation of driving skills. Where am I going with this? Well, I think it pretty well summarizes how people drive in Rhode Island.

What’s even more shocking, though, is the state of the roads. Ever wonder what it would be like to drive through Mosul or Baghdad? Try Providence and save yourself a long trip, though you might be more likely to get shot at here. Providence has decided that in lieu of smooth pavement they will just continually patch and repatch without the aid of such modern mechanized equipment such as asphalt layers or steam rollers. Why would they? Pull a truck up, throw some patch on the hole (sorry, China) and drive off. Job well done! Where there is smooth pavement, the roads are dotted by submerged manhole covers. How many? In a stretch of road near my home that is nearly one mile long there are approximately 100 manhole covers. Just in that mile. And none of them are level with the road surface, making the brief luxury of smooth pavement more of a suspension test than it needs to be.

To cope with the relative lack of driving skill, the “go ahead a hit me” attitude of most drivers, and the atrocious road conditions, I see only one vehicle which is truly prepared to deal with this – a Dakar-spec Mercedes-Benz Unimog:

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1962 Porsche 356B Super Cabriolet

If you weren’t up for a big project like the 356 Super Cabriolet we featured almost two weeks ago, then this might be the Porsche for you. This 1962 356B Super Cabriolet is a well documented, numbers matching example that lived in Europe until 1968. It has been repainted once in its original color of Smyrna Green and has had certain other mechanicals overhauled but retains an original interior.

Year: 1962
Model: 356B Super Cabriolet
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 88,488 mi
Price: $125,000

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1962 Porsche 356B 356 B Super Cabriolet, Offered for sale is an absolutely gorgeous, very original, award-winning, matching-numbers 1962 Porsche 356 B Super cabriolet in striking factory correct Smyrna Green over Brown leather seats. The 1600 Super was created as a high- performance option to the regular 1600, offering 15 more horsepower with larger valves, increased compression, and improved performance. Featuring the more sought-after T6 body style with twin-engine grilles on the deck lid, and an outside (rather than in the trunk) fuel filler, this best-of-the-breed 356 B 1600 Super is highly desirable. This well-loved example presents wonderfully and has an interesting documented provenenace.

On December 2, 1961, Richard Steppler walked into the Volkswagen—Porsche dealership owned by Dr. Guy Beretich in Pordenone, Italy, and bought himself an early Christmas present – this magnificent green 356 B Porsche. Eventually Mr. Steppler passed the car to his nephew, Richard Kubacki, and it is known that the car stayed in Europe, largely Munich, Germany, and Monte Carlo until 1968, when it was shipped to Chicago. At some point the car was repainted silver and in 1988 it was purchased by it”s last owner (of 25 years) in Milwaukee with 79,000 miles on the clock.

Under his stewardship the car was systematically stripped and returned to its original color – the stunning Glasurit Smyrna Green you see it dressed in today, complete with wheels of the same color. The brakes were overhauled, the engine was gone through, and the top half of the motor was rebuilt with new heads so that the car could run on unleaded gas in the US. Despite these vital improvements, the car”s originality was respectfully maintained, and the car still has the original radio, luggage rack, date-stamped wheels, six-volt electrical system, and exceedingly rare and valuable complete tool kit with Porsche-inscribed wrenches. In addition, much of the interior of the car is as it was the day it left the factory with the same steering wheel, gently worn brown leather seats, headlights, dash panel knobs, and clock. The soft top has been freshly replaced with the correct German Happich material and the carpets have been redone. The car”s undercarriage and battery box are immaculate and completely free of rust and the car”s an absolute joy to drive.

Its unusual preservation and exquisite aesthetics made it a perennial favorite at car shows, claiming many first, second, and third place trophies, plus over 30 other award plaques, many at Porsche Club of America events. The car also made appearances in An Eye for an Eye, a movie set in Chicago in 1991, as well as an advertisement for Cellular One.

This documented matching-numbers car has 125,000 original miles and comes with the rare, signed, early Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and the original sales receipt showing the purchase price from the dealership in Italy, with the Italian tax stamps dated 1961. Also included in the sale are many boxes upon boxes of Porsche-stamped spare parts, the original boot plus a traveling boot, the original car cover, trophies and awards, original Porsche sales brochures and the original owner”s manual.

The rare color combination, powerful Super engine, popular T6 body, and legendary reliability make this exceptional, fully documented 356 B the perfect Porsche enthusiast”s choice and it deserves the serious consideration of anyone in the market for an exceptional 356.

Price: $125,000 805-202-4557

Vintage Porsches are not a cheap proposition and this one for sale in California is certainly no exception. It’s price is about spot on with what similar examples are bringing these days. I can’t say that I remember seeing one painted in this hue and to be honest, I love the way it looks. Sitting by the ocean, with the California black plates, it has a real period vibe.

-Paul

1962 Mercedes-Benz Unimog

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Most megatrucks these days have a bit too much bling, so when I think about crushing commuter cars I’m all about the Unimog. The same friend’s dad that introduced me to the M3 also bought a Unimog of similar vintage to today’s example but did not have the whole military-radio set up in the back. I’m not sure what one would do with that setup these days other than have an awesome period military piece, but the great thing about Unimogs is their versatile modularity. Old Mogs will require some love but have a low cost of entry, so you could have plenty left over to make it whatever kind of monstertruck you want!

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Year: 1962
Model: Unimog 404 Radio Truck
Engine: 2.2L inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 50,656 km (~ 31,660 mi)
Price: $8,795

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1962 Mercedes Benz Unimog 404 S German Army Radio Truck
50656 Km, 31660 mls
Very complete, German Army Radio truck in decent condition
With clear AZ title. Well equipped with several rare additional
Options.
2 Bridge number plates
3 Original gas cans
1 Original flexible filler spout
Rifle rack above dash board
1 Flag for flag holder on left front
1 Complete side door tent entry
1 Original Tool Set with tire pressure gauge
1 Original Jack Set
1 Camo set for glass, covers for windshield and headlights in bag
1 Complete Generator unit in rear cabinet
Gas Heater for Radio Box with pre heat tube for cooling system,
not tested but looks great, Engine Pre heating system installed
Original Army Padlocks for tool boxes, one new
Locking drivers door compartment with key
Original keys for locks on radio box
Radio Interior in rear with cabinets and chairs
2 Flourescent original lights in rear
Exterior window covers for radio box, set of 6
Interior window shades for all windows in radio box
New Batteries
The vehicle is equipped with good canvas windows for the front doors and the engine runs very good.
The radio box is a 1974 and the entire vehicle was refurbished
At the German Army December of 1987.
PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW!
This truck is 51 years old, running, driving and very
presentable but will be SOLD AS IS without any warranty.
It could use attention to the following items:
The tires are old and have cracks
The front canvas is also dry and some stitching is coming loose
Very minor oil moisture here and there
Front seat upholstery could use refreshment
One of the two gas tanks is disconnected because it needs to flushed before adding fresh gasoline.
The transmission has a vibration at speeds over 65 Km/h, but shifts
fine in all gears. It could probably use a bearing or a transmission
replacement. I can include a good used, tested transmission for
$ 1250. Installation available at an extra $ 3500,- ($ 4750,-)
Any Unimog 404 S which has not been used on a regular basis, should be towed instead of driving long distance on highways so please do not ask if this can be driven across the country right out of my yard.
The following items will NOT be included in the sale unless
my full asking price is paid:
Auxiliary Generator in back
Side Entry Tent
3 gas cans
Filler Spout
Tool Pouch with tire pressure gauge
Camo Set for glass with pouch
Front Flag
One new Army Padlock
These items alone are valued at close to $ 1300,-
Other accessory items for Unimog Radio Trucks are available

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The 404 S is the most-produced Unimog, with over 64,000 made over 35 years. The Unimog I rode in didn’t really go over 40mph, so I’m not sure how much the transmission vibration would actually bother you. Either way it sounds like the seller is a great source for all things Unimog and thus a pretty good person to know if you’re trying to have the toughest truck out there.

-NR

1962 Volkswagen Beetle with 29,000 Original Miles

As the saying goes, they are only original once. Long after hippies and the “Me” generation got through with them, it’s almost impossible to find an original Volkswagen Beetle that has not been restored or rusted out to bits. But here’s a stunning 1962 with a scant 29,000 miles on the clock for sale in Arizona.

Year: 1962
Model: Beetle
Engine: 1.2 liter flat four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 29,300
Price: $22,000 Buy It Now

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1962 Volkswagen Beetle 29,300 Original Miles

Bought in London England by a US Airman at VW Motors Limited. Had it shipped back to the States and it was driven less than 600 or so miles per year. This Special and Rare VW still retains its Original Paint and Interior…Yes, original all the way! This Bug has accumulated only 29,067 miles in its entire life. Take a look at the photos. If you’re looking for a once in a lifetime purchase of a VW for enjoyment or your collection…look no further. You may not find another one quite like this one. A storyboard with all the manuals, letters, registration, UK decal, purchase receipt, sales document, etc…Original OFL71 UK License Plates front and rear included. Also has the original Mohair Style headliner still intact and in great shape!
Absolutely no rust as the paint retains it’s original shine (unbelievable) Pans are like new! Interior is all original and has never been touched. The entire car for that matter has never been touched or taken apart. ALL ORIGINAL DRIVETRAIN. Let me stress the rare opportunity here folks! Take a look and make your best bid. Don’t lose this one to someone else!

Brian featured a 1965 Beetle two weeks ago. That particular car sold for $11,950, but was restored, had a 1,700 cc engine under the bonnet and was modified slightly. So is originality worth another $10,000? To the most rabid of air-cooled VW enthusiasts, possibly. In reality, I would suspect this car might pull about $17,000 to $20,000 at the maximum.

-Paul

1962 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 404

With the Sprinter now being sold under the Mercedes-Benz badge in the US market, it has raised the profile of Mercedes-Benz and their commercial offerings in the US market. Over the years, Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles have run the gamut from buses to tractors, but one of the longest lasting commercial vehicles to wear the Three Pointed Star is the Unimog. With a high ground clearance, flexible frame and knobby tires, these were equipped to tackle almost any environment, from the desert to mountain passes. Not surprisingly, many were ordered for militaries the world over, such as this example for sale in California. This is a 404 model, which enjoyed the largest production cycle of any Unimog variant, and was available with a modified M180 six cylinder petrol engine, which produced 80 horsepower or could be had with higher compression heads to increase output.

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Here is an all original 1962 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 404 Troop Carrier in very good condition. No rust of any kind, everything works on this vehicle, lights, gauges, heater, wiper motors. It has all original tool kit, jack, spare, gas tank, wheel chock, shovel, ax, grease gun and owners manuals. It originally was for the German Army, then it was surplussed to the Belgian Army in the early 1980s and refurbished and then the Belgian Army surplussed it. Then it came here to the States in the late 1990s where it lived in Arizona until 2012. Then I bought it to California. They didn’t get a lot of miles put on them. All the canvas is in excellent shape. This vehicle is like a billy goat, it can climb just about anything. It has two lower range gears for creeping and four higher range gears for cruising for a total of six forward gears and two reverse gears. This thing is a blast to drive and turns heads wherever it goes.

The patina on this Unimog is just right. The original tools are a nice touch, as these could have easily been lost over the years. These are the kind of cars that you don’t want to obtain in meticulous cosmetic shape, as you would want to be able to use this truck for what it was built for. And according to today’s social constructs, that would apparently include the school run and grocery shopping.

-Paul