6 cylinders, 100 h.p. and 88 km/h maximum speed: the Mercedes-Benz LK 311 may not impress with its motorisation, but in the post-war period it was a reliable and powerful vehicle with its payload of 3,5 tons. ”The LK 311 rolled off the assembly line in 1957 and has passed its early years in a mill near Bonn. A colleague has bought the vehicle in the late 1980s. With tears in his eyes he sold it to me in 2002 because he had no space for it anymore” remembers Kurt Abele, the current owner of the vehicle and director of Abele Zelte in Stuttgart.
With tears in his eyes he sold it to me in 2002 because he had no space for it anymore
Little by little he restored the classic car with some friends until the Stuttgart brewery Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu got aware of the LK 311. The brewery uses the classic car as stylish advertising space for a renewed cult beer. “Originality was very important for us for the rebirth of Wulle beer. Therefore the vehicle from the company Abele was perfect for us”, mentions Stefan Seipel, marketing director of Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu. The advertising slogan “We want Wulle!” is placed on the side panels. The slogan is from the thirties –and thus even older than the LK 311 itself.
In summer, when the weather is good, the classic car can be seen at several parades, fairs or at weddings in the region of Stuttgart. The one or other would certainly like to drive the LK 311. But this is much more difficult than it looks, knows Seipel: “The results of a test drive with five students was disillusioning and funny at the same time because no one could drive the vehicle safely”. That’s not surprising at all since the LK 311 has no electronic steering support. Moreover, the gearbox is not synchronized and the vehicle works with a double clutching technique. Therefore Kurt Abele drives the car by himself, even with his 74 years. For special occasions he digs out the original Wulle leather apron with matching cap and wooden barrels.