The first Mercedes-Benz Unimog, a bodyless prototype called Unimog Prototype 1, rumbled into life 70 years ago on 9 October 1946.

Remarkably, that original post-war development model still serves as a template for new Unimogs that are produced today, and while back then it represented a recovering Germany, today the model illustrates the strength of the world’s leading automotive nation.

Since that defining prototype run, 400,000 Unimogs – or Universally Applicable Motorised Machines - have been built, with more than 30 different versions being used for essential transportation of goods, food and industrial products in every far-flung corner of the world.