The Dernburg Wagen had a ground clearance of 12.6 inches (32cm) and was fitted with a 6.8-litre four cylinder engine which generates around 35bhp. It sits five people and the Dernburg Wagen was considered the Unimog of its time. Right now, you might be wondering what a Unimog is.
Unimogs were first developed as agriculture equipment in Germany, just after the second world war. When Daimler-Benz took over the manufacturing of Unimogs in the early 1950s, the Unimog ox horn logo was replaced with the Mercedes three-pointed star. From that time till today, Unimogs have been used in all sorts of applications; from military trucks to ambulances and even snow ploughs.
In the early 1970s, Mercedes-Benz began developing a vehicle which was a bit more practical than the Unimog and that vehicle would later be the Gelandewagen (off-road vehicle) or more commonly known later as the G-Class. The Gelandewagen was first developed as a military-purpose vehicle and was later offered as a civilian vehicle during the late 1970s.
It has been 105 years since the company released the world’s first four wheel drive commercial vehicle and over the years, we have seen the drastic change in four wheel drive technology within the company. And without them, we might not get to feel the fine handling of the cars that Mercedes-Benz produces today.
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