THE UNIMOG TURNS 70
The Mercedes-Benz Unimog recently turned a ripe ol’ 70. On 9 October 1946, the Unimog Prototype 1 completed its first test drive. Chief designer Heinrich Rößler was at the wheel of the vehicle – which had no bonnet but was fully loaded with wood.
The Unimog (Universal-Motor-Gerät, universally applicable motorised machine) was a new kind of vehicle – not quite 4x4, truck or tractor, but rather a combination of all three. It had a top speed of 50km/h (twice that of a tractor). It also boasted sprung and damped axles, all-wheel drive, differential locks at the front and rear, brakes on the front and rear axles, and a two-seater cab with a closed cover and upholstered seats. The versatility and practicality of the Mog made it an immediate success. By the mid-1950s, the vehicle could be equipped with 66 different agricultural appliances.
To date, there have been 30 different model series and almost 400 000 vehicles sold.