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

Mercedes-Benz 209 D Marco Polo.

In 1984 the Venetian explorer Marco Polo gave his name to one of the most renowned collaborations between Westfalia and Mercedes-Benz. The Marco Polo is a conversion of the “Bremer Transporter” and was regarded as THE camper van of its era. The Marco Polo’s high roof is almost three meters high and makes every journey an experience in comfort thanks to the folding bed below. The kitchen with a sink, refrigerator and twin-element cooker makes camping dreams come true. 

Cockpit of steering view in Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo

Cockpit with a view: The steering wheel inside the Marco Polo.

Inside of Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo.

A gas tank with a filling connection behind the service flap provides the gas to run the cooker and refrigerator.

Front view of Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo

The Marco Polo is one of the most famous conversions of the "Bremer Transporter"

Side view of Marco Polo Mercedes.

The van with its distinctive look and beige-brown color remained in production for a long time.

Beige-Brown and cosy.

The Marco Polo is powered by an OM 617 pre-chamber diesel. Five cylinders, 3 liter engine capacity and 88 hp create plenty of sound at 80 km/h. However, the suspension system is easily up the challenge of a journey into the mountains. The Marco Polo remains recognizable thanks to its distinctive beige-brown color and its short nose.

Profile Mercedes-Benz 209 D Marco Polo

Manufacturer

Daimler-Benz AG

Production period

1982 – 1988

Predecessor model

208 D

Successor model

Sprinter (T1N)

Designs

Camper vans

Engines

OM 617 diesel engine, 3.0 l, 5 cylinders, 65 kW (88 hp)

Length

4,755 mm

Width

1,975 mm

Wheelbase

3,050 mm

Payload

2,550 kg

Total weight

2,800 kg (208 D)

Max. speed

125 km/h (with OM 617, 65 kW/88 hp Diesel)

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Perfect combination of comfort and compactness.

What is left of the Marco Polo from the 1980s? In particular, the combination of comfort and compactness distinguished the Mercedes camper van. Every centimeter of the interior was perfectly utilized. Although the features might not sound all that impressive by today’s standards, they were the pinnacle of luxury for demanding camper van vacationers in their day. Mercedes-Benz retains these ideals today. Looking at the modern Marco Polo based on the V-Class, there is little resemblance to the towering “Bremer”. Yet examining both models in the context of their time reveals the same idea: maximum comfort in a practical format.

Marco Polo camper van beige

The Marco polo camper van set new standards in comfort when it was launched in 1977.

Marco Polo Westfalia Mercedes-Benz 209 D

has long been renowned as a "living legend".

Marco polo camper van fitted by Westfalia

In 1984 Daimler-Benz launched the Marco polo camper van fitted by Westfalia.

Westfalia camper Van Marco Polo Mercedes T1

In 1984 the Venetian explorer Marco Polo gave his name to one of the most renowned collaborations between Westfalia and Mercedes-Benz.

Beige Westfalia camper van Marco Polo

In 1984 the Venetian explorer Marco Polo gave his name to one of the most renowned collaborations between Westfalia and Mercedes-Benz.

Photos: Kai Knörzer

Sprinter

Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

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