Meet the Unimog. Originally introduced at the German Agricultural Show in 1948, the “Universalmotorgerät” (‘universally applicable motorized implement’) quickly caught the attention of German farmers. Marketed as a Jack-of-all-trades vehicle, the Unimog has held its ground for over 60-years and remains in heavy rotation around the world.
While the Unimog remains popular amongst forestry or municipal authorities, fire brigades or armed forces, energy industry or mineral oil exploration teams in the desert, I hadn’t heard of it. So after spotting one in the wild while on a drive upstate, failing to pull-over wasn’t an option. After trespassing, taking some photos and digging around for some story on this thing’s background, you are hereby introduced.
The UNIMOG in 1948