Fancy a Un­i­mog, slightly used?

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE - MATTHEWTSO

‘‘The trucks might not be the ideal city run-about but what they lack in prac­ti­cal­ity, they make up for in char­ac­ter.’’

Al­ways dreamed of own­ing a big flash Merc to im­press the neigh­bours? Well now is the right time to buy one.

Re­s­plen­dent in white and tan, and fea­tur­ing gen­uine vinyl seats, Turn­ers are sell­ing more than 40 for­mer New Zealand De­fence Force Mercedes-Benz Un­i­mog trucks.

With a wheel­base of over 3.8 me­tres and an un­laden weight of 6872 kilo­grams, the trucks might not be the ideal city run-about but what they lack in prac­ti­cal­ity, they make up for in char­ac­ter.

Photos on auc­tion web­site Trademe show sur­face rust, lichen and cob­webs on the 1980s 4x4s with de­scrip­tions rang­ing from ‘‘still very driv­able’’ to ‘‘will not drive due to trans­mis­sion is­sue’’.

The Turn­ers Trucks & Machin- ery Face­book page de­scribed the Un­i­mogs as ‘‘well main­tained and low KM’s for their age – a rare op­por­tu­nity to own one of these mag­nif­i­cent all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles’’.

The trucks have 4210 mil­lime­tre long by 2460mm wide tim­ber flat­decks, some with can­vas canopies. Prospec­tive buy­ers can view the trucks at Tren­tham Mil­i­tary Camp in Up­per Hutt on Novem­ber 11 and in Christchurch at Burn­ham Mil­i­tary Camp on Novem­ber 12 and 13. The auc­tions end on Novem­ber 15.

The New Zealand De­fence Force and Turn­ers were un­able to com­ment by the time of pub­lish­ing.

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