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Unimog U1300L • WCXC

Here’s a Unimog mash-up from ebay (via Bring a Trailer). The truck is described as a U1300L with a U1500 sourced 5.7-liter, turbo-charged, six-cylinder diesel. The ad states 72,302 for the the odometer reading.

If you go for this check it out well, given engine swap. The buy-it-now price is $28,500 and there are just about 3 days left on the ebay clock. The truck is located in Colorado.

More photos, and the original ad text after the jump.

Links:
ebay: 1978 Mercedes-Benz Unimog

Bring a Trailer: 1978 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U1300L

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Imagine Dr. Frankenstein pulling the sheet off his creation and, instead of recoiling in horror, people stood back and said, “Huh… He looks good.”

Well, somewhere under a full moon, in a strange lab in Germany, a dead Type 2 T3 Westy was dissected and grafted on to the back of a living, 1965 Unimog 404 (with a 6-cylinder, gas engine, and a six-speed, manual transmission). It was given twin 33-gallon fuel tanks, a 24-volt, 140-amp alternator, six Hella 4000 driving lights, olive green paint, and a full exo roll cage.

You might think cutting the face off of Volkswagen bus and grafting it onto a Unimog might lead to a horrible freak of nature, but no. This thing actually looks good.

OK–sure. You can’t look too closely. The interior looks like a velour-covered, Unabomber shack. And the roof-top tent has got some tears. But the asking price is $18,500! You can’t get a normal Westfalia Syncro for that. Or a normal Unimog, for that matter. This is both!

Other things to know: 25,000-lb. PTO winch with 300 feet of cable, on-board air compressor, 34,000 kms on the clock. Find this thing in South Chula Vista, near San Diego and the Mexican border. $18,500!

More photos and original ad text after the jump.

Thanks to Mas for Spotting this one!

Link trail: Bring a Trailer: Mega Westy > Craigslist: Custom Mercedes Unimog

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I spotted this Unimog U1550L on a Benz World forum. It looks like an interesting custom build, though one of the forum members questioned the wisdom of building a rigid body on a flexible chassis. Intriguing photos none the less.

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Speaking of Unimogs, Matt at Expedition Portal wrote a great post the other day about the latest iterations of the iconic line. There are some great wallpaper images there as well. See the post here: The Unimog Grows Up.

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This tidy-looking 1978 Unimog U416 is currently on offer at ebay in a no-reserve auction. Besides the 5.7-liter diesel, 20 forward and 8 reverse gears, portal axles, and fully locking diffs, this one features a convertible top, 42″ tires, and front and rear winches. Factory hydraulics are said to have been removed but an onboard air tank for filling up the tires or running shop tools is included. The drop-side bed reveals a six-passenger bench which doubles as a toolbox.

The seller makes no mention of high-speed axles, so expect a 55 mph top speed. If driving slowly is your thing though, you’re in luck. This truck is equipped with “super crawler gears” which enable a top speed of 0.06 mph in first gear.

One Unimog owner on Bring a Trailer commented that, with proper weights fitted, his former-German Air Force Unimog had a towing capacity of 22 tons. That’s 44,000 pounds!

This Unimog is located in Tucson, Arizona. Bidding currently stands at $27,100 with about three days left on the clock.

Update 5/6/2013: A day after this post went up all bids were cancelled, which may indicate that the truck was sold offline. The highest bid offered before the cancellation was $28,500.

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Here’s a great Motor Trend video, reporting from the Unimog Museum in Gaggenau, Germany. They delve into the history of the Mercedes-Benz truck line as well as explain how the trucks actually work. Later they motor a huge Unimog around the proving ground out back.

It’s well worth a watch.

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I spotted this 1978 Unimog 416 DoKa on Bring a Trailer today. The ebay ad states that the truck has about 2500 hours on a factory-rebuilt engine and 200k+ kilometers on the odometer. It doesn’t have a PTO or hydraulics but the seller says he has those parts available, presumably for extra cost.

This truck is reported to have standard axles, as opposed to the high-speed ones we sometimes see, so top speed is limited to 55 mph. Still, you get the standard portal axles, 6 forward and 2 reverse gears, a 125 hp diesel engine, and room for five adults in the cab.

The opening bid is $25,000, which is closer to the price I’ve seen for restored Unimog DoKas. Take this one for example, that I covered at about this time last year, which was listed at $27.5k. And the seller states that for some reason the front bumper is not included. Hmm.

The truck is located in Fairport, New York. The auction closes on February 17th and currently has no bids.

Update 2/23/2013: The truck failed to sell at $25,000.

Link trail: Bring a Trailer > ebay

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Here’s an unusual find from the forums on Expedition Portal. This 4×4 camper started life in 1977 as one of five custom-designed maintenance trucks commissioned for the Netherlands Railway Authority. In 1995 the rear utility cab was retired in favor of a camping unit outfitted to house up to four people. Very handy, since the DoKa cab seats up to four as well.

From what I can glean from the posts, truck has covered about 75,000 miles. It has 8 forward gears, 4 reverse, and high-speed axles. It carries about 100 gallons of water and about 140 gallons of fuel, giving a range of 1400 miles, give or take. The owner is asking $24,000, however, there is a catch.

The original, normally-aspirated OM352 engine is shot. The current owner has sourced a new turbocharged motor which is included in the sale and needs to be installed. In an additional wrinkle, the turbocharger is said to make the motor 4″ taller, thus precluding it from fitting into the old engine compartment. Some have suggested a cab lift. Others have suggested relocating the turbo.

Are you interested in taking on this near-one-of-a-kind expedition vehicle? Here’s a link to the forum post. The truck is located in Portland.

More photos after the jump.

Link trail: Original Expo thread > An old ad on Classic Unimogs (many photos) > Picasa Page (many photos) > Current Expo thread

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Germans like to keep things tidy. And just how do they keep their roads in ship shape? By employing a fleet of Unimogs with some pretty interesting attachments.


There’s a fantastic-looking, 1985 Unimog U1700L/38 DoKa for sale near Seattle at the moment. This truck and its square-jawed brethren represent my favorite iteration of the Unimog concept. They look more purposeful than their round-nosed, 70s-era forebearers, and not as tall and ungainly as Unimog’s most recent offerings. The “L/38” means it’s a long-wheelbase version and “DoKa” is, of course, what Mercedes-Benz engineers like to call a crew cab.

This particular one, an ex-Swedish-Fire-Brigade truck — that’s “Räddningstjänsten” to all of you Nordic types — has just about every feature you could ask for: front and rear locking differentials, front and rear hydraulic winches (a 12,000 lb. Warn in front and a 20,000 lb. Braden in the back), a rear high-speed PTO, two-piece beadlock wheels, and an 5.7L turbo-diesel engine. Payload capacity? Over 3 tons—more than you can haul in three F350s combined!

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