1960s / German / Mercedes-Benz

A chance encounter with a Mercedes-Benz Unimog

mercedes-benz-unimog-404-4The 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.


4 thoughts on “A chance encounter with a Mercedes-Benz Unimog

  1. I’ve always had a soft spot for the unimog ever since I was a young boy when I first saw one traversing impossibly steep hillsides on farms in Wales where we used to go on family holidays. I’d love one.

    The closest I’ve come to one in real life is when we bought our cottage which was then delerict and in the garden under all the acculumated debris from years of neglect was a 6 cyl mercedes engine that a little investigation showed to be from a Unimog! We painted it up and used it as a planter in our garden for a good few years as seen here:

    Sadly this engine almost certainly did not run when parked 😉

      • No, sadly the engine went to scrap after about 5 years use as a planter because we turned over the whole back end of the garden to vegetable production and we needed the space. However we do still have a unimog wheel in the garden which is lined with polythene and has flowers in it. 🙂

        The wheel actually sits between the legs of a huge commercial engine hoist which was also in the garden when we bought the cottage, It is so vastly heavy and made of 1/4″ thick steel plate that I have just left it there – I painted it black and hung the bird feeder on it and it has remained a ‘feature’ of the garden for the last decade.

        If you look closely in this picture you will see the hoist behind the runner bean pyramids, it is a harvey frost, weighs about 1/2 ton, is 7 feet tall, 7 feet long and 4 feet wide and runs on massive cast iron wheels.

        My wife and I don’t want to scrap it now as it has been there so long we have actually grown to like it being a ‘feature’. I regret scrapping the unimog engine now too.

  2. I bought an ex-swiss mog 12 years ago for $5000 U.S., best investment I’ve ever made!
    It had 27,000km and had just had it’s 20,000 km overhaul! She has to sit outside, the plastic side and back windows last a few years before I have to add new ones. Getting rusty but starts every try after pumping the gas to the carb. She wears a plow that was supposed to be made for a mid 60’s dodge Powerwagon, paid $250 for it and it bolted on perfectly with absolutely no modifications, strange but true!
    Best Mog story I have is that, as part of my local Mercedes Benz club, we had a defensive driving class and autocross. A local “famous” car guy brought a new coupe, figured he had the autocross sewed up. My son Cameron hung his head out the passenger window, I wound out the mill and stayed in 2nd the whole time, the boy shouting “turn” as we got to each cone. We were within a tenth of a second of beating the benz and it’s shocked driver in every run! I figured there was no way the Mog would tip over and we never touched a cone! It started to rain around lunch and the folks were treated to eating in the back with the troop seats down and the full top protecting them.
    I’m told there are Mogs laying dormant all over Europe, at one time, you could get one stuffed into a shipping container and buy it sight unseen for $800 – $1000. Good ones are a bit more

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