I love the Unimog for its massive capability as a work truck – but also its general insanity as a road-legal vehicle. Today’s 1983 U1500 model (square cab, short wheelbase) was restored in 2000 to the state we see today. The Gumby-green is a playful choice, with the side graphics and hilariously large tires conspiring to help this resemble a childhood toy of mine. It’s a bit of a reverse-mullet, all party up front with the color and laughable size, but serious business out back with a bed that doesn’t just dump backwards, but in three directions. Though very clean and well cared for, it’s also ready to rumble – be that in the mud, shipping yards, or apparently an odd automobile-themed birthday party, according to the pictures. The one hangup for all of that business and pleasure is a pricetag way above the usual (albeit older) Unimog’s we see.
Most of the Mogs I’ve been writing up recently have been, to put it nicely, “pleasantly well-used or original.” Today’s is the opposite end of the spectrum, sporting a full restoration and brand new US Military Drab Green – seems a little lighter than some other greens I’ve seen on these, but that’s not worth splitting hairs on. Overall it is an outstanding example that could serve as a great collection item, a cool around-town weekend monster, or an extremely capable work truck for a variety of heavy demands.