When a Unimog hits the market, we have to post about it. It has been a rule here in Jalopnik since the beginning of the Martin Administration and who am I to dispute it? Now this one is for sale at BringATrailer in Berkeley, CA and I challenge you to do it daily.
Unlike many Unimogs in America, this one hasn’t had its hard worker demeanor faded and replaced with the name of an overpriced surf shop in Venice or Montauk. He still has the patina with which he left the service. That’s right, the service. The military. The real deal.
This Unimog served in the US Army as an engineering vehicle. Called the Small Location Excavator, or SEE Tractor, by the troops, these were ordered with a special 24 volt electrical system and a more powerful engine that the standard ‘Mogs has to the german market. Equipped with front loader and folding backhoe in the back, this had to be quite the machine to have on hand when you need to move dirt and need to move it fast.
The idea of a Mercedes-Benz built Unimog for US military use sounds a little odd, of course, but it’s not the only Merc doing it with the Pentagon. Just ask the Marines about their
G-wagens Interim rapid attack vehicles. They were awesome.
Corn if you look carefully at the pictures of this’ Mog, you will notice that he does not wear a three-pointed star on the front. It’s because it comes from a period when Case Construction Equipment and Freightliner were import from Unimogs for the american market before Freightliner totally took things internally for a while and eventually stopped selling it at all here in North America. If you need more information, a model 1989 sold in 2014 and our man Andrew has All the details.
Now, however, this 1987 Unimog 419 is on the market and itserves our attention. With an OM of 5.7 liters352 Mercedes diesel six-cylinder in-line under the hood (and betweenen the seats) sending its power to all four wheels via a forward eight-speed gearbox and four reverse, a double range transfer Case, and locking differentials, it will not be phased by rough terrain or weather. It’s less than 900 miles on the odometer, which is pretty cool and tseller says it’s pretty much all functional but the hydraulic lines should probably be replaced by the purchaser. That didn’t stop the seller from recording a little video of the backhoe in action, however:
I would say this Unimog is perfect for everyday use. While other less equipped Mogs may find it difficult to park in small spaces, the tetherThe elements on the front and rear of this truck are perfect for moving obstacles (and other cars) so that finding a place in the city center is a cinch.
the auction because this truck ends on March 6th and I challenge one of you to pull the trigger and give the old ‘Mog the daily ride. the life she deserves. You may want to fit one of these air seats. Just one thought.