This Rare Mercedes-Benz Is as Extreme As Street-Legal Off-Roaders Get

A Unimog may be the ultimate in off-roading excess, and this one is basically new.

The G-Class may be great, but the Unimog is Mercedes-Benz’s true ultimate off-roading truck. It’s extremely capable, a high-riding beast with permanent all-wheel-drive — the sort of rig one would use in the Arctic or other unforgiving terrain. It’s also about the most excessive vehicle one could use for a trip to Starbucks or a school run.

Still, you can do the latter if you really wish — because a Unimog just popped up for sale on Apex One, and you don’t need a commercial vehicle license to operate it.

This particular Unimog is a 2004 Mercedes-Benz U500. While super-cool imported Unimogs pop up from time to time, this U500 is one of fewer than 200 that Mercedes sold in the U.S. during a limited sales run during the 2000s. It’s powered by a 6.4-liter turbodiesel putting out 700 lb-ft of torque and uses an eight-speed sequential manual transmission. It’s very lightly used, with only 19,000 miles on the odometer.

Its design represents the duality of the Unimog experience. The exterior is pure luxury Mercedes, packing a Designo platinum metallic paint job with a matte finish. The interior sticks with the original vinyl, which the seller describes as “a classic look with an air of tactical” that also happens to be easy to clean. The U500 comes with helpful off-roading features like a central tire inflation system, as well as modern touches like integrated LED lighting.

As one would suspect, rare plus remarkable does not equal cheap in the car world. The seller is offering the 16-year-old U500 for $369,000 — which is more than twice the starting price of an AMG G63 or a truly exquisite vintage Defender.

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