1955, the economic miracle: Daimler saw the chance to develop an independent segment. The van with the model designation L 319 celebrated its major premiere at the IAA in Frankfurt in September in the same year.
Series production began in 1955 and ended in 1968. The van was manufactured at a variety of locations including Vitoria in Spain. With its compact dimensions and a total weight of 3.6 to 3.9 tonnes, the new series becomes popular among commercial customers, for retailers and trades.
The L 319 is distinguished by its striking look: Its cab-over-engine design, the oval radiator grille along with the curved, panorama windscreen clearly set the van apart from the other vans of the time. A diesel engine with a displacement of 1.8 liters providing 32 kW (43 hp) initially powered the van. This was soon followed by a gasoline engine with a displacement of 1.9 liters which delivered 48 kW (65 hp).
1955 – 1968
from 1956 Sindelfingen from 1962 Düsseldorf and also Vitoria
Model 309 (Düsseldorf van L 406)
Pick-up, panel van, low-loader, mobile shop
Diesel engines: 1.8 liters 32 kW (43 hp), later up to 55 hp Gasoline engines: 1.9 liters 48 kW (65 hp), later up to 80
1.6 – 1.8 tonnes
Gross vehicle weight
3.6 – 3.9 tonnes
Photos: Kai Knörzer