1975 Mercedes-Benz Unimog DoKa

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Last week I met somebody through Craigslist that has Porsche parts for sale.  He’s restoring a Unimog and I’ll be visiting his place up north next week.  I’ve loved Unimogs ever since I saw one on PCH in Laguna Beach some 25 years ago.  It was a surfer dude’s mode of transport to the waves.

On Hemmings with no price but values seem to hover around $10K-15K for good ones.  This one is probably a bit more.  Hey, just found it on eBay with bidding over $21K and the reserve off.  Personal website to view more is at www.steveooley.com

“Description: Up for sale is my personal 1975 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406 DoKa. This awesome 4X4 is a true go anywhere do anything ultimate Offroad and trail ready exploration vehicle. It is fully licensed and street or trail ready for anything you can throw at it. It is fully sorted out and just fully serviced. It is a true four wheel drive vehicle with front and rear lockers and shift on the fly capability from 2WD to 4WD. This one has lots of extras. It is powered by the tried and true 5.7 liter OM352 direct injected Mercedes diesel engine producing about 110hp in current state of tune. It weighs in at 8,900 pounds in it’s current road ready state according to the local CAT scale. It features a 6 speed forward manual transmission with a unique 2 speed low range 4 speed high range and 2 speed low range in reverse arrangement with rare torque converter option. It is entirely possible to drive off from a stoplight in 6th gear without shifting albeit at a very slow rate. It is typically driven off from a dead stop in 3rd gear and shifted through gears into 6th for cruising speeds up to its top highway speed of about 52mph. The unique torque converter option comes in really handy when offloading since climbing steep trails will not induce stalling. This unique arrangement was used by Mercedes when designing this particular Unimog model for duty as an aircraft tug. This awesome example of one of the toughest off road vehicles ever made was first commissioned by the German military as a Jumbo Jet tug so it was never subjected to salt or corrosive environments and is entirely rust free (a rarity among this these beasts. It ha been estimated that just over 350 of the ‘flugzeugschlepper’aircraft tugs with crew car ‘DoKa’ bodies and torque converter manual transmissions were ever built. You could say this arrangement is the best of both the automatic and manual transmission worlds. as laid out in this arrangement these tugs were capable of towing any type of aircraft including the giant 747 jumbo jets safely to and from the airstrip from hanger and take the crew with it. particularly handy in difficult terrain situations and bad weather. After retirement from active service my Unimog was ifully reconditioned by Classic Unimogs in Germany and imported to the USA in late 2001 by an individual in western Colorado where it had the opportunity to have fun on the rugged trails in western Colorado and Eastern Utah. In late 2007 the Mog was sold to a collector in suburban Boston where it spent the next year tucked away in dry storage and used very little. I had the opportunity to purchase this amazing vehicle in late 2008 and have kept in in the showroom on display at my auto dealership when not taking it back out west to Colorado and Utah to explore the remote trails and off road opportunities which exist in abundance out there. I am not a ‘rock crawler’ as such and I hate mud so the Mog has been used mostly by my wife and I to visit and travel throughout Utah and Colorado to the more remote and off the beaten path trails to see the tremendous beauty these rugged regions have to offer. Please visit my special website i’ve set up to more fully describe this awesome Unimog. It is located at: www.steveooley.com This sale could include a custom gooseneck ‘Mog hauler’ trailer I had made to tow the Unimog to distant trails. The trailer would be an additional $2,000 above the final selling price of the Unimog if you are interested. Delivery is available within 1,000 miles of Indianapolis or you can come and pick it up here in Indy. 1975 Unimog 406 DoKa: 5.7 liter diesel engine 2,674 hours on motor hour meter 88,421 original kilometers Front and rear PTOs (shaft removed for winch mounts). Front and rear hydraulics Power steering 6 speed manual transmission with full lock-up torque converter Custom Exhaust Gas Temp Gauge in dash Disc brakes at all four wheels 14.5×20 tires, 80% tread remaining Continental MPT81 Tires 365/85R2″

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