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Over the course of its 22-year history, the L 206 D changes manufacturers three times. In 1970, it is offered as a Mercedes-Benz model.

Mercedes-Benz L 206 D.

In 1970, Daimler-Benz takes over Hanomag-Henschel and acquires a small van that gained renown with the name Matador, manufactured by the company Tempo. From then on, the van is offered as a Mercedes-Benz model and rounds out the light-weight product range as a commercial vehicle weighing less than three tonnes. After the takeover by Daimler-Benz, the Hanomag-Henschel lightweight vans are equipped with either an Austin carburetor engine or a 2 liter 50 hp diesel engine from Daimler-Benz.

Profile Mercedes-Benz L 206 D


Daimler-Benz AG

Production period

1970 – 1977

Production location

Bremen & Hamburg

Original model


Successor model

Bremer T1


Minibus, delivery van, pickup


OM 615, 2l, 4 cylinders, 44 kW (88hp)


4,490 mm


1,820 mm


3,050 mm

Permitted total weight

2,400 – 2,700 kg

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Side view of the Mercedes-Benz L 206 D

The L 206 D is also offered as a minibus or delivery van.

165,000 units sold.

In 1972, the significantly more powerful 2.2 liter 60 hp diesel engine is added. In January 1973, a less work-intensive chassis is integrated into the vehicle. This requires a longer front section but also provides a larger crush zone. Other changes made in 1973 include brakes with load-dependent braking force control and the padded dash panel. The compact front-wheel drive van is also available as a minibus and panel van with different heights, lengths and track widths. Body manufacturers also offer shop vehicles and camper vans. The comparatively low price of 6,000 German marks makes the L 206 D an attractive option for local companies such as beverage suppliers. With 165,000 units sold, twice as many vans are sold with the Mercedes-Benz brand than with Tempo or Hanomag.

Front wheel in a Mercedes-Benz L 206 D

The vehicle has more direct handling because power steering is not available for the L 206 D.

Mercedes-Benz L 206 D driving on a street curve

The front wheel drive is an advantage over the competition, giving the L 206 D a flat loading surface.

Rear view of Mercedes-Benz L 206 D

The flat loading sill at the rear makes the L 206 D popular among tradesmen.

Interior view of the L 206 D

The vehicle has more direct handling because power steering is not available for the L 206 D.

Photos: Kai Knörzer


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