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There’s a relatively inexpensive Unimog for sale in Flagstaff. It’s a 1972 U404.0. According to my research, the U404.0 was a gas-engined, civilian market model which benefited from a more modern cab, power steering and a larger M130 2.8-liter motor, compared to the M180 2.2-liter fitted in the 404.1 military versions.

The civilian 2.8-liter motor is actually a benefit as it has higher compression and can achieve decent roads speeds, but it’s still slow by modern standards. (Plan for a 50mph cruising speed.) The M180, military motor was set-up for low compression to run on poor quality fuel (60–70 octane) and is much less powerful.

The 404s have six forward speeds, two reverse, and shift-on-fly 4-wheel-drive. And, of course, they have the Unimog’s famous portal axles, locking differentials, and bullet-proof drive train.

This one is reported to have like new Continental tires, a fresh clutch and recent tune-up. I like the olive drab paint and red wheels. Loud and slow, perhaps—but amazing off-road.

It’s available for $10,000 o.b.o. Thanks for the tip, Richard!

Links:
Craigslist ad
A great overview of the Unimog 404 from Unimog Centre
Unimog 404 specs