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Overland Classifieds :: 1985 Mercedes Unimog 1300L Expedition Truck

If you’re in the market for a rolling mansion, there’s no shortage of options with luxury builds on offer from the likes of EarthCruiser, EarthRoamer, Global Expedition Vehicles, and SLRV. We’ve had a number of these epic rigs posted to our forum recently, including a $329,000 2019 Acela 4×4, a $529,000 GXV Patagonia, and a $675,000 2021 SLRV 6×6. However, while these builds are undeniably epic, we can’t brush over the fact that even used examples are in excess of half-a-million dollars. This exclusivity can be an issue for larger families who require a vehicle of this size for long-term travel but can’t afford any of the “off-the-shelf” options. Fortunately, there are a wide array of one-off builds that often incorporate many of the same premium components and accessories yet cost a fraction of the price. A few of my favorites include this $75,000 1990 Leyland DAF t244, a €95,000 2008 Iveco Magirus, and an $89,000 1997 M1088 6×6 Overlander. Today’s expedition rig is built on the legendary Mercedes Unimog 1300L platform, features a long list of desirable modifications, well-equipped habitation box, and is priced at just $83,000.

From the Seller:

The truck was a former Swiss rescue unit with a hydraulics system for extrication tools and winch. Well maintained by fire fleet services’ mechanics and has been very dependable. It is all mechanical and easy to work on. All fluids changed regularly, and synthetic oils in transmission and differentials (portal hub vents installed).”

1985 Mercedes Unimog 1300L Expedition Truck

The Unimog is fitted with a 5.7-liter diesel motor that produces 129 horsepower, 268 pound-feet of torque, and returns a combined 10 mpg. A dependable, albeit somewhat agricultural engine, is mated with legendary all-terrain capability courtesy of 4WD, high and low range, front and rear locking differentials, huge ground clearance, and more. Today’s offering also benefits from a Webasto engine heater, 320-liter fuel tank (750-mile range), heated air ride seats, spare tire carrier with hand winch, and more.

Distinguishing Features

  • Two 340-amp-hour batteries with four solar panels, 355 watts total
  • Freshwater tank, 120-gallons
  • Warn winch
  • Nova Kool R300 fridge/freezer
  • ARB awning
  • Lockable roof box and two outside storage compartments
  • Portable propane shower

This 1985 Mercedes Unimog 1300L Expedition Truck is listed for $83,000 and is currently located in Alberta, Canada. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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No money in the bank, but gas in the tank. Our resident Bikepacking Editor Jack Mac is an exploration photographer and writer living full-time in his 1986 Vanagon Syncro but spends most days at the garage pondering why he didn’t buy a Land Cruiser Troopy. If he’s not watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he can be found mountaineering for Berghaus, sea kayaking for Prijon, or bikepacking for Surly Bikes. Jack most recently spent two years on various assignments in the Arctic Circle but is now back in the UK preparing for his upcoming expeditions—looking at Land Cruisers. Find him on his website, Instagram, or on Facebook under Bicycle Touring Apocalypse.