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 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”.
1977 – 1995
1977 – 1984 in Bremen, since 1984 in Dusseldorf
Hanomag Henschel or Mercedes 206 D
Panel van, wagon, flatbed (various wheelbases) and camper vans
diverse gasoline and diesel engines, basis: OM 616 diesel engine, 2.4 l, 4 cylinders, 48 kW (65 hp)
2,800 kg (207 D), 3,200 kg (307 D)
110 km/h (with OM 616, 48 kW/65 hp diesel engine)
Photos: Matthias Just