Van profile: Mercedes-Benz Westfalia James Cook.

In 1977 Daimler-Benz launched the James Cook camper van with a variety of different versions fitted by Westfalia.

The camper van set new standards in comfort when it was launched in 1977 and has long been renowned as a "living legend".

Mercedes-Benz Westfalia James Cook.

In 1977 the former Daimler-Benz AG launched the new T1 series, which also became known as the “Bremer Transporter” in keeping with its origins. The OM 616 diesel engine in the first series of the 207/307 D offered an engine capacity of 2.4 liters and a power output of 48 kW (65 hp). In the years from 1977 to 1995, a total of around 970,000 Mercedes T1s were produced and rolled off the assembly lines in Bremen until 1984 and afterwards in Düsseldorf.

The Mercedes-Benz James Cook equipped by Westfalia from 1981 only had 700 km on the clock when it was purchased

The Mercedes-Benz James Cook equipped by Westfalia from 1981 only had 700 km on the clock when it was purchased.

Three variants for every type: Panel van, flatbed and minibus.

The vans were manufactured with three chassis variants: as a panel van, flatbed and also as a minibus. In addition, Daimler-Benz launched the James Cook camper van with a variety of different versions fitted by Westfalia. Thanks to the integrated sanitary cubicle with a warm water system, large fresh water and waste water tanks, a shower and an optional toilet along with the 4-speed automatic transmission, the vehicle set new standards in comfort – a revolutionary development at the time.

The large, high roof enables up to 4 people to sleep comfortably in the vehicle. An additional children’s bed was also available on request and could be fitted in the driver’s cab across the front seats.  Since its launch in the year 1977, the James Cook has represented a new class of camper vans and has long been renowned as a “living legend”.

Profile Mercedes-Benz Westfalia James Cook

Manufacturer

Daimler-Benz AG

Production period

1977 – 1995

Production location

1977 – 1984 in Bremen, since 1984 in Dusseldorf

Predecessor model

Hanomag Henschel or Mercedes 206 D

Successor model

Sprinter (T1N)

Designs

Panel van, wagon, flatbed (various wheelbases) and camper vans

Engines

diverse gasoline and diesel engines, basis: OM 616 diesel engine, 2.4 l, 4 cylinders, 48 kW (65 hp)

Length

5,360 mm

Width

1,975 mm

Wheelbase

3,050 mm

Payload

2,630 kg

Total weight

2,800 kg (207 D), 3,200 kg (307 D)

Maximum speed

110 km/h (with OM 616, 48 kW/65 hp diesel engine)

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The James Cook Camper Van.

In 1977 Daimler-Benz launched the James Cook camper van with a variety of different versions fitted by Westfalia.

The Mercedes-Benz T1 from the side.

With a total length of 5.36 m, the James Cook offers everything which the traveler’s heart desires.

The James Cook Camper Van from the back.

The engine in the first series of the 207/307 D has an engine capacity of 2.4 liters and generates 48 kW (65 hp).

The interior of the Mercedes-Benz James Cook.

The James Cook was the first campervan of its time to offer fully equipped sanitary facilities – including a warm water system.

A comfortable studio couch in the Mercedes-Benz T1.

Thanks to the spacious, high roof, four people can comfortably sleep in the James Cook.

Photos: Matthias Just

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