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    462 km / 288 mi
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    United States
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Chassis No. 411.110.9500596

Understanding the meaning of the name Unimog explains the ethos behind its design. Unimog is an acronym for the German "UNIversal-MOtorGerät," or, in English, a universal motor carrier. Developed as a highly adaptable vehicle that could serve all the needs of a farmer, from fieldwork to road use, the potential was soon realized by countless other users. Production began in 1947, but the demand soon became too great. Mercedes-Benz took over production in 1951 and has continually improved and expanded its range of offerings.

A copy of the original Data Card shows that this particular U411 completed production in Gaggenau, Germany on 9 April 1959 and was destined for the United States, as noted on the top right corner. The truck was equipped with a 1.7-liter "OM636" inline-four-cylinder diesel mated to a six-speed manual transmission, now featuring synchronized gears as a standard feature. It is thought that this Unimog and one other were initially sold to equipment dealer A. Fassnacht & Sons of Chattanooga, Tennesse.

Upon purchasing the truck in Georgia in 2012, the current owner began a complete cosmetic restoration, as it had already received a mechanical overhaul prior to their purchase. After purchasing many parts from around the world, the Unimog was taken to Chris Radbill Automotive of West Chester, Pennsylvania, for bodywork and rust repair. A new grille, doors, cab floors, front and rear fenders, front wheel arches, cab sides, and battery box were installed. The frame, axles, and transmission were restored in black prior by the previous owner, while the wheels and the body were professionally finished in red and DB 6286 Unimog Green, respectively. The practical load bed received new oak boards painted on the outside and natural stained on the inside, offering an excellent contrast. The interior received the same attention, with the seats being reupholstered in black vinyl, a new folding canvas roof fitted, and the painted surfaces finished in matching Unimog Green. Numerous factory labels were reapplied in yellow, showing everything from the towing capacity on and off-road to the operation of the various levers just to the right over the driver. Additionally, a new wiring harness, headlights, taillights, clutch, starter, oil bath air cleaner, and door windows were replaced. The front portal axles were also rebuilt with new seals and bearings. It is also noted that the truck is currently powered by a correct type "OM636" engine; the original, numbers matching block will accompany this Unimog.

Today, this 1959 Mercedes-Benz U411 Unimog remains in superb condition, showing only 462 kilometers on its odometer at the time of listing, the total covered since the completion of its restoration. Likely one of the best presented examples on the market, it would be the perfect addition to any comprehensive Mercedes-Benz collection.

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