THE UN­I­MOG TURNS 70

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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.

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