Strictly for drill seekers
Your country needs you — to buy its old army vehicles
Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Great Britain and Indonesia all using Unimogs for defence.
The ADF has decided to phase out the Unimogs and will not directly replace them, although MAN has won the same as today’s model. They run 6.7-litre in-line turbo diesels, which power all four wheels. Civilian Unimogs are still rare in Australia, so the release of ADF models is an exciting prospect.
The Unimog prices fluctuate as they are subject to bids but most have sold for a bit more than $40,000. Some of the first models released to the public were sold for $70,000.
Mack is also represented, with bonneted prime movers and 6x6 rigid rucks produced from the early 1980s to 2005. The latter are designed to carry 8 tonnes of payload off-road. Some have a flat tray, others are set up for water tanks.
Mitsubishi Fuso and Hino 4x4 are models also on the list.
The Canter 4x4s, which are popular bases for go-anywhere motorhome projects, are fitted with either an ambulance body or a cargo body.
Hino GT models are also for sale, with 4x4 and a flat tray. The ADF is replacing its Land Rover models with MercedesBenz G-Wagen models, so there are plenty of the old British off-road machines for sale.
Land Rovers for sale include those built between 1987 and 1997. While they are not the most luxurious models out there, the Land Rovers are tough, simple and easy to repair, while parts are cheap and plentiful.
Most are 4x4, but there are some stretched 6x6 models with increased carrying capacity. They all run super-reliable Isuzu 3.9L diesel engines.
The Land Rovers, available with soft and hard tops, generally fetch $12,000-$15,000, a bargain for those prepared to live with the unique paint job.
Pre-auction inspections are being held this weekend.
Details at http://australian frontlinemachinery.com/.
Showing fatigue: Unimog, top, and a Mack in camo