CC Outtake: 1972 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406 – What You See Is What You Get

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It’s simply impossible to mistake a Unimog for any other vehicle, regardless its age. A more than 75 years old concept that has stood the test of time, with the 1963-1989 406-series as a prominent classic generation.

This one, with ample lighting, was parked in the lot of a farm machinery dealership and repair shop. An appropriate place, old Unimogs are especially popular among the agribusiness crowd. An all-round motor vehicle for farmers, that was the whole idea behind the Ur-Unimog (Urimog?) in the first place.

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Move over, brodozers around the world, here’s the real McCoy. More specifically, a 1972 Unimog 406.121 (full steel cab), model U 84, equipped with a three-way dump bed.

The U 84 was introduced in 1971, it superseded the U 80. Those numbers merely refer to the engine’s DIN-hp rating. From 1964 onwards, the 406-series was powered by a direct injected, naturally aspirated inline-six diesel engine with a displacement of 5,675 cc.

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A coupling for attaching a big, full trailer and a ball hitch for a toy trailer (from a Unimog’s POV, anyway). When needed, a full trailer can also be hooked up to the truck’s front bumper. Also visible, a front and rear PTO shaft (above the front bumper cut-out and left of the rear trailer coupling).

And that 2005 Ford Mondeo Wagon 2.2 TDCi on the left is either slightly slammed or it’s carrying a hefty load.

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There it was again, exactly one week later. Sitting in the same parking lot, yet the other way around. And still accompanied by the Ford Mondeo. Commuter vehicles of a completely different nature.

Now let’s get this show on and off the road! A promo video/historical overview, going all the way back to the Unimog’s early days and ending in our times. Extraordinary multi-purpose-taskers!

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Cohort Sighting: Unimog In Hell by Perry Shoar

Fieldside Classic: Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406 – AWD Tractor, Dump Truck, Flatbed Truck And Tool Carrier by JD

Cohort Outtake: A Study In Contrasts by Paul Niedermeyer

CC Capsule: The Freshest Unimog You’ll Ever See by Tatra87