Down By the Classy River… A 1969 Mercedes-Benz Van For Sale


A wonderful Craigslist find, which is listed as a 1969 Mercedes-Benz Camper is just your ticket to sophisticated bonfires and the finest in boxed wine. According to the seller, this vehicle needs a little tender love and care but it does run and can be yours for $1,000. Oh… it doesn’t have any keys – but it runs. Hop the jump for a few more photos and a screenshot of the ad in case it goes bye-bye.Rear 3/4 Mercedes-Benz Camper Van
1969 Mercedes-Benz Camper Van side 1969 Mercedes-Benz Camper Van rear
This is a rare Mercedes model that is more common to Europe. The body is in good condition with no structural damage. Interior need tlc. The motor does run but the keys are missing so an ignition cylinder is required. Only 105,000 miles it. Clean title. Please contact Nate at 5178617679 if interested or with any questions

camper van screenshot CL post
Anyone know what engine might be lurking under a beast like this? If it has any power it would make an EXCELLENT LeMons tow vehicle…
Thanks to smalleyxb122 for the tip!
[Source: Craigslist]

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  1. Deartháir Avatar

    It appears like it's some sort of relative to the Unimog, so I'd bet it's probably the same 80hp 2.2L straight-six. Although they had pretty massive low-end torque.
    So now I need someone in Mi willing to do some running around for me. I'd offer $750 for it, but I need someone to pick it up for me until I can come down and get it, which might be a while. Any volunteers?

    1. blueplate Avatar

      Dearthair, I'm your huckleberry. I live not far from there. I'll email you.

  2. Jeff Glucker Avatar
    Jeff Glucker

    I just realized… this thing costs almost as much as the speeding ticket fine I received today…

    1. jeremy! Avatar

      keep it on the track glucker!!

    2. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

      Holy hell man, were you on fire?

    3. FЯeeMan Avatar

      10 over in a semi?

      1. skitter Avatar

        Or slow car very fast?

  3. Robert Emslie Avatar
    Robert Emslie

    I think this is one of the Hanomag-Henschel tempo vans, branded with the three-pointed star. Daimler bought the truck making operations of that company in the early '70s, and had licensed MB-branded trucks from them since about '67. They came with the 2-litre diesel from the 200D, although the later cars got the 2.2. I'd totally rock that down by the river

  4. Robert Emslie Avatar
    Robert Emslie

    Actually, I don't think that's a '69. It's probably a mid-late '70s van. Maybe an L508? I don't know Mercedes commercial vehicles all that well.

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      I've found a couple more, including one in Saskatchewan for sale; it's definitely a '69, but nobody seems to be willing to give any more information than "Mercedes Van". Maybe nobody knows.

  5. .357 Avatar

    Hey, why not? People spend that on a gram of smack. This will take you higher and lower.

  6. SeanKHotay Avatar

    Like this lameduck Michigan resident needs another project…
    I agree, this looks more like a mid-late ’70s model.
    The MI Secretary of State (DMV/BMV to a lot of yous) is notorious for screwing up titles, let alone the owners.

  7. Manic_King Avatar
    That's MB L 406/408 bus, they had quite a long lifespan. There's mainly 60 or 80 hp motors and this bus is actually quite big so no chance for racing it, as a tow rig it's fine, only very slow.

  8. Ferdinand Alexis Avatar

    Whoa. Why would not I consider this?

  9. Portland Pete Avatar
    Portland Pete

    Actually you could still find new parts for this one, from Iran Khodro Diesel:
    They still make them (along with other 1970 model Mercedes trucks) in Iran. A quick Iran Post order from the mullahs, and once your new fender arrives, you can see Guantanamo from the inside!