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.
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The U 84 was introduced in 1971, it superseded the U 80.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.
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.
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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