1970s Mercedes Westfalia Campervan

24 04 2015

Here comes another one of these old machines: I assume the basis of this vintage camper is also a Mercedes 206 or 207, produced between 1970 and 1977, like the one I posted yesterday. This one parked last October around the corner from our place here in Berlin. I talked a bit to the truck driver: Seems it was just purchased by a new owner and was now on its way to its new home in South Germany. In addition to the groovy 1970s color scheme this one is apparently an original Westfalia conversion of which just a handful still exist. It needs a lot of restoration, with rust present around the wheel houses and probably in many other places. But when it will be done, someone will own a quite unique campervan!

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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.

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Berlin Impression

7 06 2013

Coincidental oldie reunion in the streets of Berlin: Freshly renovated 1960ies building with 1970ies kombi van and 1950ies Mercedes W120 ponton limousine, yesterday somewhere in Berlin Mitte. This may have been how it looked in the early seventies when all the players were still young.

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Another Cool Unimog Camper Truck

29 04 2012

The second diversion from the Volkswagen kombi theme in favor of the Unimog: We spotted this monster on a caravan park in Reefton, on the way to Greymouth on the New Zealand South Island in February 2012. The registration sticker says it’s a 1995 Mercedes Benz Unimog 418/20 Motor Caravan. So it’s about 30 years younger than the amazing Unimog 406 camper truck I had blogged about in January. The stickers on the side say the conversion was done by Hartmann Spezialkarossen (from Alsfeld, Germany) and the engine modified by TSC Tuning (probably also from Germany). I still like the older Unimogs better, but this is an impressive expedition truck. There are some more photos in this  Flickr photo album.