Miles on Vehicle
Whenever something as cool as a Unimog comes up on Bring a Trailer, it’s going to bring attention. Especially when it’s one of 200 rumored U500 models to be sold in the United States through Freightliner commercial truck dealerships. While the Unimog is intended to be a bit of a hybrid tractor-vehicle for commercial use, this low-mile 2004 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500 has lived a life of comparative luxury, presenting in phenomenal shape.
The U500 Unimog has locking differentials at each axle, paired with it’s infamous party trick—portal axles, essentially individual gearboxes mounted to the corners of the vehicle that add huge amounts of ground clearance. Pair that with 395/85-R20 (~46″ tall) Michelin XZL tires, and you end up with as much ground clearance as a literal monster truck.
One of the cooler features of the U500, when appropriately equipped with the Variopilot package, is the ability to switch the vehicle from left-hand drive to right-hand drive in a jiffy. That might end up being a bonus for overlanders looking to head to parts unknown.
The 6.4-liter OM906LA turbo-diesel inline-six produces 260 horsepower, with 700 lb-ft of torque available from as low as 1,200 rpm. It’s paired with an eight-speed pre-selector gearbox, and of course, a high-low two-speed transfer case.