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author photo by Chris O'Neill June 2018

Here's A Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500. This one wore a dealer plate, and I neglected to get the VIN, but it's more than likely another one of the 184 U.S.-spec Unimogs sold new in the United States during Mercedes-Benz' last effort to market the vehicle here, from 2002 to 2007. Sales were handled through Freightliner dealers. Civilian-spec models were sold under the Mercedes-Benz name, while fleet vehicles bore the Freightliner nameplate.

Notable on this one are its truck bed and aftermarket KC light bar. It looks like it's used just like any old truck -- perhaps the ultimate power move when you consider just how capable this thing is.

This is a first-generation 2006 or 2007 Mexican-market Nissan X-Trail. The X-Trail has been sold in Mexico since 2003, and was sold briefly in Canada from 2005 to 2006 (before being replaced by the Rogue in 2007), but has never been sold in the U.S. A second-generation X-Trail was introduced for 2008 and was still a distinctive model within Nissan's portfolio -- but starting in 2013, the vehicle we know as the Rogue became the X-Trail, merging the two product lines and marking the end of the standalone X-Trail model.

This one wears plates from Sonora, which is just below Arizona. I saw a Canadian-market X-Trail in Montreal last year. The only real difference was an amber side marker on the front bumper of the Canadian example. Otherwise, it just traded the brush guard, tinted windows and roof spoiler for steelies and snow tires, because Canada.

Here's a rare 1993 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 "Feature Edition." This was the last model year for the Fox Body Mustang, which had started production way back in 1978 -- and the Feature Edition was built as a send-off for this generation. Apparently only about 1,500 of these were produced -- no more than 100 or so of which came with a manual transmission and white top like this one. You see a lot of Fox Body Mustangs, but fewer in yellow, fewer convertibles, fewer 5.0 convertibles and even fewer yellow 5.0 convertibles with the 5-speed manual transmission.

I learned some fun facts when researching this thing. Did you know the Fox Body Mustang could be had with T-tops? Rad. Did you also know that the Ford Probe was supposed to replace the Mustang after this generation? I had no idea. Obviously it didn't -- but, still, to go from that to the present day, where the Mustang will be the last "car" remaining from Ford after 2020 ... times sure do change. One more bit of trivia: The V8 engine in the "5.0" was only 4.95 liters.

Chris O'Neill grew up in the rust belt and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked in the auto industry for a while, helping Germans design cars for Americans. On Instagram, he is the @MountainWestCarSpotter.

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