How much do things change in 60 years? Sometimes the best answer to that kind of question is a picture. Here you can see an original Unimog (right), built sometime between the start of production in 1948 and 1951, when Mercedes bought the operation in order to expand it enough to keep up with demand. On the left is a “60th Anniversary” Unimog design concept, celebrating not the actual birth of the Unimog, but its purchase by Mercedes. Needless to say, the contrast between the two is… breathtaking. And if you’re curious about the evolution of this hugely influential vehicle, if you can’t help wondering how it grew from a (relatively) tiny, spartan utility vehicle to a garish, Mercedes-starred behemoth.
A model has her hair done backstage before a fashion show by Greek designer Mary Katrantzou during the Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week in Beijing, China, 27 March 2016. The fashion week runs until 31 March. (Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA)
An employee of German car manufacturer Mercedes Benz adjusts the brand's characteristic star on a GLA model at their production line at the factory in Rastatt, Germany, January 22, 2016. (Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)
A model walks the runway during the Di$count Universe show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Resort 17 Collections at Carriageworks on May 18, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images)
A model showcases designs on the catwalk by Manning Cartell during A Review of Australian Fashion Week show as part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney 2011 at Sydney Town Hall on August 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)