Mercedes-Benz Vans

  • 72227_63
    Thinking ahead: the Mercedes-Benz LE 306 premiered in 1972. It was trialled, among other places, at the Olympic Games in Munich. Yet its output, range and energy costs meant it was not yet ready for everyday use.
  • 03._D-Lieferwagen_12_PS_1903
    Built until 1903, the “Daimler business vehicles” had a maximum output of 8.8 kW.
  • 01._Benz-Transporter
    Combination delivery vehicle of 1896: Carl Benz gradually began converting his passenger cars to vans.
  • 04._Marienfelde
    For a short time the Berlin-Marienfelde plant of Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft produced vans, before specialising in truck assembly from 1905 onwards.
  • 02._U1T_1913
    Daimler built small runabouts like this U 1 T panel van (1913) with a one-tonne payload from 1897.
  • 05._Rama_L1
    The L 1 was built from 1926 to 1928 and with a panel body could also serve as a van.
  • 1281240
    With its long front overhang, the racing car transporter  (1955) had a somewhat cheeky appearance.
  • 1281241
    Mercedes-Benz L 319 (1956 to 1968): the positioning of the front axle so far forward made the access exceptionally low.
  • 08._L319
    Daimler-Benz would produce well over 100,000 units of the new van L 319.
  • 09._L406
    The German postal service welcomed the new large-capacity vans from Düsseldorf (from 1967) with open arms.
  • 10._L_406_Interieur
    The engine of the short-nosed L 406 (1967-1986) model kept its appearance in the cab interior to a minimum.
  • 11._Krankwagen
    The new Düsseldorf vans (1967-1986) soon enjoyed a virtual monopoly among ambulances and rescue vehicles.
  • 12._2006M73
    The L 406 D – pictured here with pickup body – also proved an ideal vehicle for trade use.
  • 13._Rollende_Sparkasse
    The Düsseldorf van (1967-1986) also became a familiar sight as a mobile savings bank travelling between villages.
  • 15._T2
    The T2 succeeded the first generation of large-capacity vans in 1986.
  • 14._L_608
    From 1973 gross vehicle weight was limited to 6.5 tonnes (the photo shows a 613 D).
  • 17._L_206_D
    In 1970 a new sibling arrives in the shape of the L 206.
  • 16._Vario
    As the Vario (from 11996), the large-capacity van now covered a wider spectrum than ever.
  • 19._MB100
    The angular MB 100 light van, introduced in 1987, was of Spanish provenance.
  • 21._207_D_Kastenwagen
    The new light vans in the TN series arrived in 1977.
  • 20._U91169A
    The 206 D (1970-1973) can look back on a long list of forbears.
  • 22._Wartungsfz208_1980
    The T1 vans built in Bremen from 1977 on were an ideal basis for maintenance vehicles.
  • 18._207_D_T1_Kasten
    Produced from 1977, the light vans in the new T1 series were built in Bremen.
  • 24._Alle_Transporter
    Three different eras in a single picture (from left): O- and L 319, a “Düsseldorfer” and two of its Bremen cousins.
  • 23._208_Feuerwehr_1980
    Fire service management also recognised the values of the “Bremen” van (T1, 1977-1995).
  • 25._Sprinter_1995
    The new Sprinter van launched the major strategic product initiative of 1995.
  • 26._Sprinter_Crash
    The Sprinter’s trademark from the outset was its comprehensive safety package.
  • 27._Vito
    Another size down, the Vito (from 1996) soon appeared alongside the new Sprinter as successor to the MB 100.
  • 30._Modellpflege_2000
    The Sprinter underwent its first comprehensive facelift in 2002.
  • 28._OM_906_LA
    An individual pump with precision injection system and three valves per cylinder were the characteristic features of engines from the new 900 series (from 1996).
  • 29._OM904
    The four-cylinder OM 904 LA went into service in the LK in 1996 and was used later also in the Vario.
  • 31._616_CDI_2002
    In 2001 gross vehicle weight of the heaviest of all Sprinter models grew to precisely 5.99 tonnes.
  • 32._Vito_1995
    With front-wheel drive and transverse engine, in engineering terms the Vito (from 1996) took a new approach entirely.
  • 33._Viano_Handerwerkerfz
    In 2004 the Viano also appeared as a preconfigured tradesman’s vehicle with practical interior.
  • 34._Vito_2004_Frischdienst
    In 2004 the Vito also became available as a fresh goods delivery vehicle.
  • 35._Sprinter_2006_neu
    Dynamic lateral lines and tucked in rear end: The new Sprinter combined form and function in exemplary fashion.
  • 36._Sprinter_neu_innen_06
    The new Sprinter came with electric windows as standard from 2006, the adjustable steering wheel was optional.
  • 37._Viano_2006
    From 2006 the Viano offered a maximum payload of 1400 kilograms.
  • 38._Vito_2006
    Gross vehicle weight of the Vito reached 3.2 tonnes in 2006.
  • 39._Vario_2006
    Still in a class of its own, the Vario large-capacity van continues a longstanding tradition.
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