The Mercedes-Benz Unimog is an icon that everyone has heard about but that is rarely spotted in the wild. We were pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this well-worn 404 long-bed model on the side of a small country road not far from the Peugeot J9 we featured yesterday.
A lot number written below the windshield indicates that the Unimog was recently sold at an auction. It is still registered to the French army so it is likely on owner number two. Parked in this exact spot for the last six months or so, the Unimog briefly had a “for sale” sign on it but it apparently did not manage to find a new home.
We could not track down the owner but we can tell that it has had a hard life by simply walking around it. There are rust spots all around – a stark reminder that these trucks are not indestructible – and the moss growing on the front end tells us that it spent a considerable amount of time sitting in a damp area.