1978 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 416 Cabriolet

4x4, High Ground Clearance, Manual Transmission

$35,800

Harry's Thoughts

Not what most people envision when they think of a seventies Mercedes-Benz convertible, but this Unimog will always be a conversation starter.

THE ESSENTIALS

This is a 1978 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 416 Cabriolet. “Mogs” are best known for their ability to traverse terrain of all sorts, and this model has desirable features that set it apart from the other Unimogs one might find. This model offers a 5.7L inline-6 diesel, 4-wheel drive, vinyl roof, and a drop-side bed with custom tool box and appears to be well taken care of, judging by the overall condition of the interior and the exterior.

The exterior is finished in green and black, which appears to be the original color from the factory. Some overspray is present, but the paint has great shine and looks fantastic from 15 feet away. The black manual-folding canvas soft top shows and operates well overall, save for a few scratches that don’t appear to be holes. All of the components underneath are either repainted black or hold their original black appearance from the factory, including the two gas tanks, with the Mercedes-Benz three point star on the caps. Upon inspection, you’ll also find a bright red master switch that acts as a full power cutoff from the two battery setup. It also is difficult to miss the gigantic Continental tires and the dual winch setup, which makes this a very capable rock-crawler. This Unimog is also set up to be a personnel carrier with a bench for seating in the fold-down bed of the truck, with seatbelts, and a storage box underneath.

Not known for creature comforts, this Unimog sports a commercial interior with two grey seats, exposed metal floors for easy cleaning, and a large black engine cover hump that let’s you know that this is a Forward Control vehicle with the engine mounted in the cabin. Between the two seats are the driving controls, levers, and knobs to activate the twenty forward gears or the eight reverse gears, among other related features. Instrumentation appears to be in full working order with labels in German and a clock integrated into the speedometer. One should note that the odometer is read in kilometers, and the speedometer is read in kilometers per hour. The green painted dash shows well and is free from major scratches and defects.

The engine compartment was detailed recently and looks as it should. The engine and some components are painted light blue and look original. With a twist of the key, operation of a hand throttle, and a push of the starter, the diesel comes to life quickly and runs strong. The stout motor and drivetrain give the feeling and confidence of a commercial quality and reliability, while still fully capable for personal use around town or out on trails. On the test drive, we did not attempt to drive the Unimog at highway speeds, capping our test drive at about 40 miles per hour.

Given the traditional uses of the Unimog and it’s outward appearance, we believe that the mileage shown is correct at 10,540 KM (~6,550 miles).

For more information, please text, call or email Dan Shaffer at +1.716.704.0291 or Dan@classicpromenade.com.  The Unimog is located at our Phoenix showroom and we are pleased to help arrange transport worldwide.

1978 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 416 Cabriolet

$35,800

PRIVATE SALE STATUS
SELLER NAME
LOCATION USA
VIEWS 390

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1978 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 416 Cabriolet
1978 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 416 Cabriolet

$35,800

VIN 41611410025889
BODY STYLE SUV
FUEL Diesel
MILES 6550
GEARBOX Manual
DOORS 2
INT COLOR Grey Cloth & Black Vinyl
EXT COLOR Black and Green Two Tone
YEAR 1978
LOCATION Phoenix, AZ
PRIVATE SALE STATUS
SELLER
VIEWS 390

Mercedes-Benz Unimog

The Unimog is a range of multi-purpose all-wheel drive medium trucks produced by Daimler AG (formerly Daimler-Benz) and sold under the Mercedes-Benz brand. In the United States and Canada, the Unimog was sold as the Freightliner Unimog. Unimog production started in 1948 at Boehringer in Göppingen. Daimler-Benz took over manufacture of the Unimog in 1951,…
The Unimog is a range of multi-purpose all-wheel drive medium trucks produced by Daimler AG (formerly Daimler-Benz) and sold under the Mercedes-Benz brand. In the United States and Canada, the Unimog was sold as the Freightliner Unimog. Unimog production started in 1948 at Boehringer in Göppingen. Daimler-Benz took over manufacture of the Unimog in 1951, and first produced it in their Gaggenau plant. From 1951, the Unimog was sold under the Mercedes-Benz brand. However, the first Unimog to feature the three-pointed Mercedes-Benz star was only introduced in 1953. Since 2002, the Unimog has been built in the Mercedes-Benz truck plant in Wörth am Rhein in Germany. The Mercedes-Benz Türk A.Ş. plant assembles Unimogs in Aksaray, Turkey. Unimogs were also built in Argentina (first ever country to do so outside Germany) by Mercedes-Benz Argentina S.A. under licence from 1968 until 1983 (with some extra units built until 1991 off the assembly line from parts in stock) in the González Catán factory near the city of Buenos Aires. The first model was designed by Albert Friedrich and Heinrich Rößler shortly after World War II to be used in agriculture as a self-propelled machine providing a power take-off to operate saws in forests or harvesting machines on fields. It was designed with rear-wheel drive and switchable front-wheel drive, with equal-size wheels, in order to be driven on roads at higher speeds than standard farm tractors. With their very high ground clearance and a flexible frame that is essentially a part of the suspension, Unimogs are not designed to carry as much load as regular trucks. Due to their off-road capabilities, Unimogs can be found in jungles, mountains and deserts as military vehicles, fire fighters, expedition campers, and even in competitions like truck trials and Dakar Rally rally raids. In Western Europe, they are commonly used as snowploughs, municipal equipment carriers, agricultural implements, forest ranger vehicles, construction equipment or road–rail vehicles and as army personnel or equipment carriers (in its armoured military version). New Unimogs can be purchased in one of two series: medium series 405, also known as the UGN ("Geräteträger" or equipment carrier), and heavy series 437, also known as the UHN ("Hochgeländegängig" or highly mobile cross country).

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