I do not profess to be a Unimog expert. I merely had the honor of repairing them – the military ones – at one point in time. From that experience, I can tell you that it is one hell of a ride to own if you have the opportunity. And what do you know? That opportunity happens to be now.
A 1987 Freightliner Unimog 419 is currently on the block on bringatrailer.com. Don’t let the Freightliner brand confuse you. It is a three-pointed star truck, alright. If you want know why it is a Freightliner instead of a Benz and why it lacks the famous three-pointed badge on the grille, we strongly recommend you read up on the article on Jalopnik.
Anyways, this ain’t no Arnold Schwarzenegger’s kind of luxe Unimog. This one is a workhorse. It is an ex-military excavator. This Unimog 419 was classified as a Small Emplacement Excavator, or SEE Tractor, and it has done its tour with the U.S. Army as an engineering vehicle.
It comes with a hydraulically operated front-end loader and a rear-mounted backhoe that folds onto the back of the truck. Power comes from a Mercedes-Benz diesel 5.7L inline-six engine which is mated to a manual transmission and a dual-range transfer case to put all the diesel power to good use. It is, of course, dress in U.S. Army camouflage that display obvious signs of patina.
The current seller brought it from the U.S. government just this year. We do not know why. But who cares right? If you resides in the U.S., you may want to try your luck getting it. Last checked, the bid is at $12,550. The auction ends in 5 days. So, there’s no time for procrastination.
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