Classified of the Week: 1965 Unimog 4x4 For Sale
In the pantheon of off-road trucks, only two or three cross international borders and appeal to people around the world. The Unimog is one of them. This one showed up in the San Diego List of Craig this week, and it is awesome. The basis for this truck is a 1965 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 404, which first hit the scene an amazing 10 years earlier in 1955. It's hard to believe that this same basic design was produced almost 50 years ago now. Despite their utilitarian purpose, the Unimog still looks modern.
The Unimog's primary customer was the Federal West German army, rearming after the end of hostilities in Europe, and gearing up for the Cold War. The 404 S is the most popularly produced variant, with 64,242 were produced between 1955 and 1980.
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This one features a six-cylinder gas-powered engine, versus the diesel that was most commonly installed. With its six-cylinder manual transmission, it's good for legal highway speeds, provided you don't intend to get anywhere all that quickly.
It features twin 33 gallon tanks for gasoline, an auxiliary brake booster, a PTO drive off the transmission for your log-splitter, post hole auger, or whatever else you're going to run, slightly oversized 12.5 R 20 tires, and a 24-volt, 140-amp alternator.
The cabin in the back is the real selling point here, though. It's the back half of a 1988 Volkswagen Vanagon, featuring a custom interior with dual bench seats, and expandable fabric top, a table and enough seating area for eight.
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There's an upper and lower sleeping area, plus a small storage compartment.
Outside, the Unimog looks ready to tackle the Dakar Rally, the Baja 1000 or whatever off-road adventures you might encounter.
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Up front, you'll cut through the night with six 12-volt Hella 400 driving lights, and on top, the seller has fabricated custom bars and rails for holding a barbecue or a stovetop. If you get off the trail, you've got a 25,000 pound winch up front that looks like it came off a crab boat.
For $18,500, it's the start of an off-road adventure. Contact the seller in Chula Vista, California.