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Umm Alter

June 23rd, 2009 by Rolph · 10 Comments

Feast your eyes out on a proper off-roader! Sod off with your Cayenne or X5, this is a car right up there with the Landcruiser and Defender. If you can’t walk on the roof of your car without worrying about the paint job or the structural integrity, you are not driving a off-road vehicle! Damn, this Portuguese built Umm is ugly, but man do I like it!

To add some nuance: I like the (lack of) looks of it, the principle of the rugid, ugly workhorse. I have never driven an Umm, nor do I know much about the performance, handling or durability… But still: this is a true off-road car, so it is OK in my book (and blog 😉 ). Whether this is an Alter model ‘4×4’, ‘II’ or (unlikely) a ‘2000’, I don’t know but my guess would be a ‘4×4’

Being factless, straight from Wikipedia:

The UMM 4×4 design is derived from a prototype created by the French engineering firm Cournil, called Entrepreneur. The Cournil Entrepreneur’s building rights were acquired by the Portuguese company União Metalo-Mecânica, part of the Mocar group and were renamed as UMM.

They became known for their reliability, especially when in a Paris-Dakar rally the team was able to finish with all the cars that started. Many UMMs are still in use by utilities in Spain, Portugal, Cape Verde (in use by the national army) and France and also by the “Guarda Nacional Republicana” (Portuguese Gendarmerie), fire service and military, although the majority of their customers were private individuals. Around 700 UMMs are still in service in the Republic of the Congo (Zaire). They are also popular in France and Angola. UMM stopped building the UMM Alter II for private customers in 1994, but kept on taking large orders from military and utility services until 1996. Custom orders are no longer accepted. It is suspected that more than 10.000 UMMs were made.

All intereseting facts and stories are appreciated, please comment!

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jan // Jun 24, 2009 at 12:45

    They are still being improted into France, apparently, so how good Wikipedia is with their information remains to be seen.

  • 2 Luso // Feb 2, 2010 at 22:00

    UMM Alter made in Portugal 😉

  • 3 Luso // Feb 2, 2010 at 22:01

    The Portuguese Land Rover Defender 😉

  • 4 Jan // Feb 9, 2010 at 14:01

    @Luso: I think that we understood it is an all-terrain car and that it was made in Portugal. Not sure what your point is?

  • 5 Betske Vonk // Mar 11, 2010 at 17:17

    Ik zoek een versnellingsbak nummer:50544003-VRT12 van UUM entrepreneur B J 1986.wie oh wie kan mij hier aan helpen ? alle info welkom .
    vr gr Betske

  • 6 Jan // May 24, 2010 at 11:27

    Probeer eens

  • 7 Daily Shopping // Dec 13, 2010 at 20:08

    You are mistaken. I can prove it. Write to me in PM, we will talk.

    Edit: stupid link spammer, links removed

  • 8 Jan // Dec 14, 2010 at 0:14

    Which “you” is wrong and with what?

  • 9 Rolph // Dec 14, 2010 at 23:17

    He is posting in a way that the automated spam control won’t stop him, and is hoping you will click his links… normally I would remove the comment as spam, but to keep the logic in Jan’s comment I just removed the linking bits…

    Aaah the joys of keeping websites online… recently got a virus in a Statpress file as well. How do they do it?!

  • 10 Jan // Dec 15, 2010 at 9:41

    No idea… They do try at my site too!

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