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Old 5th January 2018, 08:54   #1
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Default A modded Mercedes O 319 Minibus

In the 50s Mercedes produced a light truckcommercial vehicle called to L319. It had variants including a minibus version dubbed the O319.

RM Sotheby announced the sale of a 1959 O319 for sale. Sure looks interesting by the description.

This incredible O 319 bus has been fully restored, while being both extensively and subtly modified into a camper. Its prior owner, an eccentric computer engineer, used his extensive skills to painstakingly restore and upgrade this unique vehicle over a 15-year period.

The exterior boasts exceptionally straight panels and paintwork in factory colors done to a very high standard. Underneath is a modern air-ride suspension system adapted to the standard factory dual rear-wheel setup. Workmanship is meticulous with precise plumbing and expert electricals designed to handle the demands of modern accessories. Details include a centralized circuit-breaker panel and lighting for every cubby and compartment upon opening. Propane and water tanks are installed underneath the body and cleverly integrated along frame rails.

Inside, one will find modern leather seats up front and a comfortable rear berth. A custom-made cabinet houses the sink, stove, and provides storage. Dual audio systems are integrated front and rear and housed within custom-made cabinetry. A cleverly stowed solar panel is fitted for those treks “off the grid.”

A modern, fuel-injected Mercedes-Benz gasoline engine and automatic transmission with Gear Vendor overdrive and oil cooler provides power. An array of re-mapped chips is included, presumably to accommodate all kinds of driving conditions.

Clever details abound in this unique vehicle, thoroughly sorted and ready for one’s next adventure.
No matter the description, the fine restoration with a clean paintjob and subtle modern touches in Interiors deserve praise. Check out the pictures below.

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Reportedly the air suspension has not been borrowed from the Mercedes Benz range and is from another vendor.

Autoblog also reports the front seats come from a second generation Acura CL.

Having such beautiful lines with modern touches, this is Singer Porsche equivalent in Camper vans. What more could you want.

Though there is no reserve price indicated, it is expected to be sold between USD 175,000 to USD 200,000.

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Old 5th January 2018, 09:45   #2
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Default re: A modded Mercedes O 319 Minibus

A similar van was lying around in Mumbai - was in good condition a decade ago. Not sure whats happened to it now.


Originally Posted by slicks View Post
Hi Guys,

Saw this MB Van parked in Marol military road. The car looked like it was with a scrap dealer (with some shops around that place). Could not find anyone to speak about it, clicked some pics though.

Mods pls move this if this is not the right place.

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Originally Posted by harit View Post
Sad end for a lovely bus which was lying in a Garage in Khar. I think this is ex-Air India. It was complete, hope she is not being junked.

Originally Posted by v12 View Post
You're right Harit. The Merecedes bus/van was lying at Khar a couple of years ago and was in complete shape then. It used to be green / black in color. I too hope it does not get scrapped. I used to always wonder why this van has 4 wheels at the rear (like a bus).
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