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eBay Listing: 1963 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 404

Classics  /   /  By Jim Pickering

Want a classic truck that’ll absolutely positively get you anywhere you need to go? I’ve got one word for you: Unimog.

Originally designed at the close of World War II as a an agricultural instrument, the Unimog offered exceptional four-wheel drive abilities as well as a PTO for operating a variety of implements. They were basically tractors for the road, but with very high ground clearance and a flexible frame and suspension systems. They featured very low range gearboxes for climbing and plowing through obstacles — just the thing for crawling up past the treeline to find that perfect picnic spot.

Different world militaries have used different versions of the Unimog over the years, including the U.S. Army, which uses them to access remote military installations. But they’re relatively uncommon here in the states, thanks to the general difficulty in importing German trucks, and because of a lack of an American sales and support structure. But the Internet has made parts much more accessible, so if you have your heart set on one of these things, you don’t need to worry too much about worn out fuel pumps or brake shoes. Unless you’re out on the trail when it happens.

This one has a nice canvas top, a fold-down windshield, and a clean wood bed. The seller calls it “the ultimate off-road vehicle” and states that it only has 10,000 miles, which is easy to believe, as it’ll take you a while to go long distances in one of these. It’s also said to be rust-free, and the seller installed a new clutch and new brakes not that long ago. Overall, it looks to be in great driver condition, which is perfect for something you’re actually going to take off-road occasionally.

See the listing here.

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  1. bigrick July 9, 2012 at 7:21 am Reply

    Brings back a few fond memories having had my butt hauled around many parts of Germany when I served in NATO USAER GROUP there.
    All I can say is I wish I could off my low mile 04 Trailblazer for it sadly, I just got it last year and am still paying on it lol.

  2. eBay Motors July 9, 2012 at 10:41 am Reply

    Hi Bigrick,

    Thanks for your insights here, what do you like about your Trailblazer?

    – eBay Motors Team

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