It’s hard to believe, but Mercedes=Benz’s uber-utility vehicle, the Unimog, turns sixty in 2011. Originally designed for use in farming and agriculture, the Unimog has been produced in dozens of variants throughout the years and is embraced by military and civilian owners alike. In Germany, ‘Mogs are used for everything from roadwork through fire fighting, and you can’t drive through a German town without seeing a few in action. In America, most are ex-NATO military trucks, imported for their durability and go-anywhere capabilities. Unimogs, like cockroaches, will easily survive the end of the world.
So how do you honor a truck like the Unimog on its 60th birthday? By building a radical, one-off concept, that’s how. The Unimog Cabrio Design Concept seen here was built from a U 5000, with the thought that Unimogs are always capable of being renewed. The futuristic design was inspired by a poison-dart frog (hence the vivid green color), because both the frog and the Unimog are mobile both on land and in the water. Licking the Unimog, while not advised, is still likely to have a better outcome.
Mercedes has no plans to produce the concept seen here, but on the plus side they have no plans to stop building the Unimog, either. I’ve always wanted one, just because they’ll go anywhere and can be repaired with duct tape, wire and hand tools. One of these days I’ll find a deal on a ‘Mog I just can’t pass up, and hopefully it’ll be before the start of the zombie apocalypse.