July 15, 2012

1967 Mercedes Benz O319

1967 Mercedes Benz O319 Original Survivor

Here's a rare classic microbus 1967 Mercedes Benz O319, available in several seating configurations it came in 10, 17, and 18-seat versions and has each with some different specifications as options. They were produced from 1956 to 1967 reportedly only 961 units were made and this is one of them. Most original owners of these were Motels, Resorts, Airlines, or big businesses.

Unfortunately, very few have survived today, as many were brought by Motels and Airlines, they would have all been traded on the newer model in the late 60s/early 70s as they all wanted the latest model to compete with each other.

So what happened to all of them, well the word is that the seats were taken out and they were just sold as plain vans or converted to campervans. Many of the European-based examples are rusted away or rot and there are very few left today.

About this vehicle
1967 Mercedes Benz O319, this the last generation of the series. The O319 custom seat is different from the basic configurations from the factory, he is equipped with 15 seats, panorama windows, and a roof rack (similar to Samba Bus has). 4-cylinder diesel engine, 46 HP, top speed approx 50 mph, built-in 1966.

Need of restoration costs from 3000 to 5000 euros and a lot of love, labor, and parts costs.

Photo by M. Gloger, Source by www.autobild.de