Awesome Mercedes Classic Camper!

23 04 2015

What an awesome classic camper! It is a Mercedes 206 D. Daimler-Benz built this transporter type between 1970 and 1977. In their nomenclature 206 D means it can carry up to two tons of cargo and comes with a sixty horse power diesel engine. This one is in beautiful condition, looks fully restored and comes with a German classic car registration. The bulge running around the van at chest hight looks very much like a design element borrowed from the split window and bay window VW buses of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Different to the VW kombi, the engine here is at the front, so there is a lot of space for the motor home in the back.
Before Mercedes built this transporter its predecessor was originally developed by the Hamburg company Tempo under the model name Matador. Tempo was bought in 1967 by Hanomag, Hanomag merged 1969 with Henschel to Hanomag-Henschel which, in 1970, was taken over by Daimler-Benz. The outer shape of the transporter remained the same from a face lift in 1967 onwards (then the Hanomag models F20 to F35). The Mercedes trucks were sold as models L 206 D, L 207, L 306 D and L 307. The transporters from all these companies were collectively called the “Harburger transporter” which has this (German) Wikipedia site.