Strictly for drill seek­ers

Your coun­try needs you — to buy its old army ve­hi­cles

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - BIG WHEELS -

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 front­linema­chin­

Show­ing fa­tigue: Un­i­mog, top, and a Mack in camo

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