The Mercedes-Benz L 319 is a light commercial vehicle built by Mercedes-Benz between 1955 and 1967. Larger than a standard delivery van, but smaller than a conventional light truck of the period, it was the manufacturer’s first model in this class. The vehicle was a with a range of van and truck bodies, special application and minibus (O 319) variants were also available.
By 1955 Daimler-Benz was well represented in the passenger car market, and also offered commercial operators an extensive range of conventional trucks. The smallest of the trucks, offered in its then current form since 1945, was the Mercedes-Benz L 3500 range.
The van nevertheless featured a modern “cab over cabin”, without the sort of protruding front bonnet/hood characteristic of the Opel Blitz and larger Mercedes commercial vehicles of the time. Placing the driver at the front of the vehicle ensured a good view out and gave the vehicle a contemporary look as well as maximising load space.
Delivered new to Portugal, where it stayed until coming to the Netherlands just last year, this 1966 example is in good condition in all respects. The bus was restored in the last few years and still presents well, in particular we are told the interior is in excellent shape.
These classic Mercedes buses are a fantastic prospect; larger and rarer than their Volkswagen counterparts, they have a number of uses at classic shows or motorsports events. Equally they can be converted into a stylish camper for your stay at Schloss Dyck, or to promote a classic travel or hotel business.