UMM mde these from 1977 to 1984. It’s a 4×4 vehicle with a Peugeot diesel engine and gearbox. Production started in France and moved to Portugal in 1979
There is not a lot out there about these vehicles and the pictures say the most. What I will do instead is take this as a chance to
discuss my motoring day walking about Lisbon in November 2019. Taxi rides are cheap so I used one to start my day – a Dacia: vinyl seat and a terrible ride over Lisbon’s appalling road surfaces. That took me from the superb hotel to Belem castle, which is to Lisbon what the Eifel Tower is to Paris.
From there I walked back into town and saw one of these creatures, the UMM. In fact I saw two and this one is the better of them. The interior comes from another example.
Visitors to Lisbon will notice the paucity of older cars, something of a surprise given the dry climate. Most of them are typical souther European motors from the cheaper end of the spectrum (a Kadett, a 205 and some Renault 5s). Only two “proper” Classic & Sportscar-type cars stood out, a BMW520 and a pre-GM Saab 900, both parked outisde the same house near St George’s Castle.
It wasn’t until near the end of my epic trek from Belem to Alfama that I espied this cracking R4 which seems to be a daily driver. And here’s the interesting thing, it’s not a Citroen 2CV. In 20 km of walking I saw not one of those and generally no Citroens at all.
Lisbon is well worth a visit (that’s not news). Fortunately I did not one single piece of visual research before going so the whole place came as a massive revelation, apart from Belem Tower (noted for its Manueline
decoration). The other revelation was what was not there, old cars in any great numbers. Dublin and Copenhagen have more older cars on the roads than you’ll see in Lisbon – perhaps our Portugese readership can either correct this misapprehension or explain it.