Fewer than 200 copies of the Mercedes-Benz Unimog were sold in the United States and this 2004 U500 might be the finest example. The owner classifies it as in very good condition, which is evident from the photos, and with fewer than 19,000 miles it's just nicely broken in. While currently residing in Massachusetts, this ‘Mog has actually spent most of its time out west.
As with other U500s, this vehicle features the stout OM906LA 6.4-liter turbodiesel putting out a more-than-adequate 700 lb-ft of torque. This motor is paired to a trick eight-speed pre-selector manual transmission that helps put power down through a permanent, full-time all-wheel drive system. The Unimog’s standard portal axles give the large truck exceptional ground clearance and the multiple gearing options and Central Tire Inflation System mean you can drive it nearly anywhere your skill and nerve will allow. Should you need to stop take comfort in knowing that this largely unstoppable behemoth does come with air brakes.
The touches unique to this U500 will make it stand out should you ever drive into a parking lot full of other ‘Mogs, however unlikely that might be. From the outside your eyes are immediately greeted with a subtly stunning coat of Mercedes Designo Platinum Metallic with a matte finish. This nicely offsets the deep black of the three-way dump bed and custom-made rollbar. Additional smart touches include the integrated LED lighting and center-mounted spare tire.
So many extra large luxury trucks suffer from quickly-outdated and garish interiors, so there’s something refreshing about seeing the original and unfussy interior elements of the Unimog preserved here. It’s a classic look with an air of tactical. As an added bonus, the vinyl interior is easy to clean when you take the ‘Mog where it wants to go.
The novelist Brian Moore once opined: “If misery loves company, then triumph deserves an audience.” Thanks to the rare Plastisol crew cab, you can bring an audience with you as you triumph over obstacles and, should you wish, nearly any other car in your way at the Concours.
The vehicle comes with a clear title and VIN. It can also be registered without the need for a Commercial Drivers License.