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This hulking Mercedes is a $400,000, street-legal off-roader massive enough to go over traffic instead of around it — see inside

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Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500Your Friend Syd/Courtesy of Apex.One

A rare Mercedes-Benz U500 Unimog has hit the market for $369,000. 
The off-road beast is super capable, featuring tons of ground clearance, a central tire-inflation system, a bare-bones interior, and a turbodiesel engine that puts out a rated 700 pound-feet of torque. 
The 2004 U500 for sale shows less than 19,000 miles on the odometer and is one of fewer than 200 Unimogs sold in the US, according to the listing from Apex One. 
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A Jeep Wrangler, Toyota Land Cruiser, or Mercedes G-Wagen will get the job done when it comes to most normal off-roading scenarios. But if you’re planning to, say, cross the Sahara — or you’re just a fan of overkill — the Mercedes-Benz Unimog may be the truck for you. 

The good news is that a well-kept, low-mileage Unimog — a 2004 U500, to be exact — just hit the market through Apex One. The bad news is that this rig doesn’t come cheap, as it’s got an asking price of $369,000. 

For that figure, you could nab a pair of well-optioned G-Wagens or a fleet of Wranglers, but the Unimog is leaps and bounds more capable than either of those SUVs. This U500 boasts full-time all-wheel drive, portal axles, a central tire-inflation system, and a turbodiesel engine rated at 700 pound-feet of torque. 

Not to mention, it’s rare — according to the listing, Mercedes sold fewer than 200 Unimogs in the US, and this is one of them. 

Take a closer look at the 2004 U500 up for sale — which was brought to our attention by Road & Track — below. 

The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen is a supremely capable off-roader, but if you’re looking to take your Merc on truly grueling journeys, you’ll need to cop something more like the brand’s Unimog.
Your Friend Syd/Courtesy of Apex.One
And now, you can do just that — a rare, 2004 U500 has hit the market for a cool $369,000 through Apex One.
Your Friend Syd/Courtesy of Apex.One
That price tag is definitely no joke, but neither is the Unimog.
Your Friend Syd/Courtesy of Apex.One
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