Welcome to Found Off The Street, our look at cars found on the cape that rust liked so much it decided to summer there; Cape Cod, MA. Today we have a Mercedes Unimog 406.
Although the car spotting on the Cape that rust remembered has been rather slim recently, this awesome Unimog is a great way to break our interesting vehicle drought. Spotted in an industrial area of the cape rust remembered, this Unimog was nearly ready to hit the road. When we returned a few days later to have a second look this unique Unimog had already moved on.
Unimogs were first created in the wake of World War 2 as agricultural implements with Power Take Offs and they quickly became famous for their off road capability. Although not initially a Daimler Benz design, they took over production in 1951 and still produce a version of the Unimog currently. The name is an acronym formed from the German phrase "UNIversal-MOtor-Gerät" (Gerät roughly translates to machine). The model seen here is a 406 which was first introduced in 1963.
We've seen a Found Off The Street Unimog before, but it was a long wheelbase earlier model that didn't look too far removed from its military roots. This short wheelbase 406 looks like a bizarre vehicle from another planet when it is parked next to just about anything else. From the custom racks to the massive tires, it's clear this Unimog has been redone with off road fun in mind.