What kind of pickup does an action hero superstar and ex-govenor of the state of California drive? Apparently a customized $250,000 German U1300 Unimog.
Yahoo News is reporting that celebrity Arnold Schwarzenegger was seen around Santa Monica, California this past week driving one of his newest toys, a Unimog pickup truck, recently built and shipped to the U.S. from the Mertec Company in Germany.
The report states Arnold has a long history of love for military vehicles, and even suggests the movie star was one of the main reasons AM General and General Motors decided to make civilian versions of the military Hummers. We're not sure how much truth there is to that, but we do know that creating Hummer SUVs and pickup trucks off of existing fullsize SUVs (Hummer H2 and H2 SUT from the Tahoe) and midsize pickup platform (H3 and H3T from the TrailBlazer and Colorado/Canyon) did have its limitations and when the consumer market shifted away from bigger SUVs and toward smaller, more efficient crossovers, the heavy-duty 4x4s were left out in the cold.
(Interesting fact: the lead designer at Hummer that was putting the finishing touches on the coming H2T -- with a diesel engine -- when Hummer was being shopped around for buyers, ended up going over to GMC and was responsible for the GMC Sierra All Terrain concept truck.)
Unimogs are known for the rough and tough capabilities and this customized version is reported to cost in excess of $200,000. Not sure how often he'll be using this to haul groceries or several tons of quarry rocks but he can if he wants to. The good thing about a rig like this is that when it comes to parking in Los Angeles, you can pretty much park anywhere (or on top of anyone) you want. Unfortunately, because of the extreme gearing in the rig (depending on the transmission, it could have more than 20 forward gears) it's likely to have a top speed of only 55 or 60 mph.