One of the most iconic vehicles in the history of motoring, the Mercedes-Benz Unimog, is 60 years old this year.

Originally designed for agricultural use, the Unimog is remarkable for its ability to function in the most challenging and adverse conditions.

Noticeable here in Ireland for its work on the ESB Networks fleet, its permanent four wheel drive, power delivery systems, high ground clearance and rugged, off road capabilities have made it the vehicle of choice amongst defence forces, local authorities, fire fighters, ultility companies and others with need of a vehicle capable of functioning in all conditions.

Often used as snowploughs, municipal equipment carriers and in construction and agricultural situations, the Unimog is at home in conditions as diverse as jungles, mountains and deserts, on expeditions to remote places and as back-up vehicles in challenging events such as the Paris-Dakar Rally.

In June, its birthday will be celebrated at a special ceremony planned to take place at the Mercedes-Benz factory in Wörth where the world’s largest gathering of classic and current Unimog vehicles will be assembled for the occasion.