1982 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 416 Doka

My wife and I have recently had discussions about what is the perfect Providence commuter vehicle once again, with mixed results. You see, we’d like to own something nice and high performance such as a E46 BMW M3. But there are several things counting against that; first, driving a low slung, high performance car around the “streets” of Providence is akin to entering a Group C prototype into the Dakar Rally. Second, you gain attention of the wrong characters in the city. Third, you can never realize the performance of the car in a city setting. Sure, it looks great parked, but why go through the bother? My wife’s solution is something like the 250GD Nate wrote up yesterday. Indeed, it’s the first car she’s commented on in a long time in a positive manner. She likes the rugged simplicity of the G-Wagen, the understated aggression, and the upright, go anywhere, in your face attitude. “Just wait until tomorrow”, I said, “I have something even better”:

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1963 Mercedes-Benz Unimog


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.

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1969 Mercedes-Benz Unimog

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Now HERE is a Unimog that is all set to be converted into my most badass of RVs. Used in Desert Storm by the Belgians, it’s been used as a cabinetry truck most recently. What I love, besides the quintessential Mog-ness, is that it has 90% of the hardware already installed for some fold-down beds. With the Pohl Cabinetry decals removed, the reversed H.E.L.P. on the front would be a great entrance into a campground, and by campground, I mean anywhere I want to sleep because nothing will stop a Mog.

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1962 Mercedes-Benz Unimog


The Unimog is one of my favorite go-anywheremobiles, and while this recent bout of Bay Area rain has people driving like kittens walking on ice, I realize the rest of the country has had a hell of a winter that makes driving truly treacherous. All of a sudden the guys who bought snow mogs and have endured the esnuing “crazy dude with a SnowMog” derisions are looking like prophets. Well, if next winter is like this one, here’s your chance to stay ahead of the curve. Recently restored, this beplowed Unimog 406 looks awesome in red with a badass bed basket and is getting a lot of attention, with 57 Watchers on the auction.

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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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1961 Mercedes-Benz Unimog


I’ve written up a few different types of Unimogs here, but this one is the closest to the one I’m most familiar with, the 1963 Mog owned by the same family that gave me my first taste of ///M in their Dinan E36 M3 Sedan. Nothing flashy here, no lights or fire brigade accessories. Just some drab green, some canvas, and a whole mogload of badass. It looks to be in outstanding shape for a 50+ year old offroader. Oh, you were looking at buying a $15k Dodge 4×4 truck? Try again dude, spend less than that and get a UNIMOG.


Year: 1961
Model: Unimog 404
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6 forward, 2 reverse geared manual
Mileage: 20,000 mi
Price: Reserve-on auction, $14k mentioned

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A true off road vehicle! This 1961 Unimog 404 has spent the majority of its life as a fishing vehicle, this shows in the condition and quality that it is in today. It is all original and never modified, do not buy one of these that has been modified and 4 wheeled but own the original classic that will take you anywhere! In addition to it’s 4 wheel drive capability this 404 has a 12,000 lb electric whinch that can be used in the most difficult of places.

The wood bed in the back is in excellent condition along with the canvas top covering the bed and cab (rare that it is still on, AND even more rare that it is in great shape). The MOG comes with the original windows, wheel chalk, service manual, road hazard, and jack!






We service these vehicles before we sell them to make sure that they are in excellent driving condition with no issues. We have had many 404’s and know them well, so do not buy from someone whom has never worked with one. Buy one that will be the most reliable vehicle you have ever had.


No, it may not exceed 40 mph, but it will take you anywhere and drop jaws every step of the way. I truly believe $14k is better spent on this than just another 4×4. Every lifted-Ford/Dodge/Chevy joker would blush and look away when you rolled up in this. If you need to be comfortable, buy a car. If you need to be badass, buy a Unimog.


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
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.
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.


1978 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U416

Known more for their luxury offerings here in the US, Mercedes-Benz has provided the commercial world with some impressive hardware over the years. Case in point, the Unimog. This imposing beast was introduced shortly after World War II for agricultural use, but over the years, its applications have diversified, including fire departments and militaries. This Unimog for sale in Arizona is geared towards private use. For someone who has to have a car that can go anywhere with little hassle, there’s few that can top it.

Year: 1978
Model: Unimog U416
Engine: 5.7 liter six cylinder diesel
Transmission: Manual, 20 forward gears, eight reverse gears
Mileage: 2,448 engine hours (odometer reading N/A)
Price: No reserve auction

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This 1978 soft top Unimog was rebuilt a few years ago with the off-road enthusiast in mind. The stock diesel engine with its 24 Volt electrical system starts and runs beautifully, with a working engine meter showing 2448 hours of total operation. The transmission offers you a choice of 20 forward gears and 8 in reverse, including what the owner’s manual calls “working gears,” “crawler gears,” and “Super crawler gears.” Maximum speed in first gear is six one-hundredths of a mile per hour, providing sufficient towing capacity when repositioning your train or jumbo jet. The pneumatic system provides power brakes and selectable switches for shift-on-the-fly 4wheel drive and full differential locking. Additionally there is a connection to the air tank to run any number of pneumatic shop tools. The air tank, fuel tank and aux fuel tanks have been raised from the stock locations to provide better ground clearance. 42″ tires on portal axles provide adequate traction. The 8 foot high intake snorkel offers ample fording capability.

The odometer stopped running a while back, but the engine meter and a visual inspection of the chassis show that this machine is in excellent condition. The 15,000lb front and 9,000lb rear winches have been used exclusively for rescuing Jeeps, since I have been unsuccessful in every attempt to get the Unimog itself stuck. Factory hydraulics have been removed, but the dropside bed now includes a six-passenger bench seat which also serves as a locking toolbox. Other custom modifications include a heavy-duty roll bar, two air cushion front seats, and LED taillights. Included with the vehicle is a complete set of owner’s, repair, overhaul, and parts manuals in pristine condition. Buyer will be responsible for shipping and payment within 7 days of close of auction.

**CAUTION** Full disclosure compels me to mention that while operating the Unimog on city streets, you will be subject to constant photography, video capture, smiles, declarations of “WOW!” and innumerable thumbs-up.

Nate featured a Unimog fire truck last month that sold for $21,010. There’s a fair amount of bidding interest here; given that, I’d suspect somewhere around the range of $15,000 to $20,000 would be the order of the day. That’s not a lot of cash for something as capable as this. And just imagine pulling up to the filling station and one-upping that guy who thinks he’s all that with the Hummer…


1972 Mercedes-Benz Unimog Fire Truck

It’s no secret I have a sweetspot for obscure German van and trucks which I then fantasize about having as an adventure/camping/towing vehicle. This weekend I went to the Going Away/Yard Sale Party of a friend who is getting rid of his apartment and most belongings to travel the country in an extremely clean and well-prepared 1986 VW Westfalia. How convenient that this Unimog came to my attention just after I drooled over the campervan life for a while.

The Unimog is one of the most capable vehicles on earth, and today’s was made to fight fires WHEREVER they happened. A ton of the fire equipment remains, but I’m already seeing the bench seat as a bed and the amazing storage lockers as… well, as amazing storage lockers! It’s only covered 16k miles and has been garage-kept since leaving its fire brigade in Austria.

Year: 1972
Model: Unimog Firetruck
Engine: 5.7L Diesel Inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed Manual (20 ratios available via cascade box, and all gears available in reverse!)
Mileage: 21,000 kilometers
Price: Currently $20,110

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1972 Mercedes Unimog 416 Diesel 21000 km, “Garage Kept “!!! Look at the incredible original paint and overall condition. Good luck ever finding one this clean ever again! OM 352 Diesel motor 6-speed transmission with Crawler gears Standard axles with drum brakes.It has a two speed PTO for the front winch, factory front hydraulics and it has the original factory tool set and jack. I am the second owner of this 416 which has been garaged since new. The truck came from an Austrian fire rescue squad. Since I purchased the truck I have installed new tires including spare on the original rims which were bead blasted and powder coated gloss black. The spare tire carrier was custom built and powder coated.

The radiator was boiled and pressure tested and installed with all new belts hoses and thermostat and the proper diesel coolant was installed. All fluids were drained and re filled with factory correct gear lube. Fuel filters were replaced with Mercedes parts. Oil is changed each year with Mercedes filter. The truck always starts immediately and runs very well, all lights work, has factory horn and added air horn, CB radio with PA system. Original Mercedes winch is in excellent condition with no use on the original cable. Original Austrian Title that was delivered with the truck when purchased new. The truck is registered with clear CA title. If you have any questions ask before you bid. The truck weighs 10,000 lbs. if you are looking for shipping quotes.

CB, PA, PTO, winch, a million toggle switches I don’t understand… this thing has more options than an S-class. It would be interesting a collector’s item, but it would be awesome as a camping machine or racing support truck. Considering how much Westfalias go for these days, if you feel like being the king of the road and trail, you just can’t go wrong with a Unimog.


1979 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406

Welcome to another installment of German SUVs for sale…I think? I guess this really isn’t an SUV, as it’s more like an agricultural, or military vehicle than road car, but either way it’s awesome.

Originally designed as an agricultural vehicle after WW2, the Unimog’s combination of utility, and off road capability, found it many more uses, like construction, and military use. As the Unimog became more widely used,  Mercedes-Benz developed the model with more powerful engines and better drive-train technology, and later on as the vehicle’s popularity increased, so did its model range. By the 1960s Mercedes was selling all types Unimogs in different sizes for different purposes. The tall, flat-nosed vehicles came as pickup trucks, tractors, industrial vehicles and other configurations.

This model 406 for sale in Hayward, CA is a clean example of a go anywhere SU…whatever it is.

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1979 Mercedes Benz Unimog 406- $25,000. firm

Runs fantastic!!

Mileage: 24,000
Trans: 8 Speed Manual
Engine: Diesel
Color: Light Grey
Drive Train: 4WD
Tires: Fairly new 365/80 R20 tires (42″) w/ matching spare
Current CA Registration and Valid Title
12000 LB Warn Winch w/new controller
PTO front and rear.

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This is one of those things that I’ve always had a fascination with. From the immense ground clearance to the center articulation of the chassis, it’s on my “I need to at least drive one of these” list. Priced at $25,000, it’s a bit out of my league, but it seems like the clean examples are commanding that sort of money. With newer tires, front and rear PTO, and a winch, this truck is ready for just about anything.