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.

1979 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406 on craigslist

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.

Serious Inquiries only- 510-376-6579

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.



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.

1962 Mercedes-Benz Unimog on eBay

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.