Van profile: Mercedes-Benz L 319.

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The Mercedes-Benz L 319 was the first van developed independently by Mercedes-Benz and celebrated its premiere in the year 1955. It went on to become the predecessor of numerous, successful van generations from Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz L 319

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.

A Mercedes-Benz sign of an L 319 in detail

The model was created 1955.

A Mercedes-Benz L 319 in a vineyard

It's the predecessor for many other transporterd designs.

A Mercedes-Benz L 319 driving trough a vineyard

The transporter was first presented at the IAA in Frankfurt/Main.

Striking look.

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).

Profile Mercedes-Benz L 319


Daimler-Benz AG

Production period

1955 – 1968

Production location

from 1956 Sindelfingen from 1962 Düsseldorf and also Vitoria

Successor model

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


4,820 mm


2,080 mm


2,850 mm


1.6 – 1.8 tonnes

Gross vehicle weight

3.6 – 3.9 tonnes

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Photos: Kai Knörzer


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