Van profile: Mercedes-Benz L 408.

In January 1967 the former Daimler-Benz AG presented the new L 406 D and L 408 large vans, which followed in the footsteps of the successful L 319.

Mercedes-Benz L 408.

In January 1977 the former Daimler-Benz AG presented the new L 406 D and L 408 large vans along with the O 309 minibus. An angular look, a short-nose design – Mercedes-Benz heralded in a new epoch for the van. The TN series ("Transporter new") set standards: with maintenance-friendly, powerful engines and individually tailored weight classes. In the first few years the TN was also known as the "Bremer" because it was produced in Bremen. As of 1986 the smaller vans became known as the T1.

The vehicle was so successful that Deutsche Post ordered 10,000 vehicles before the model was discontinued. The vehicle is still manufactured in India today (Force Motors).

Mercedes-Benz L 408

The Mercedes-Benz L 408.

Profile Mercedes-Benz L 408

Manufacturer

Daimler-Benz AG

Production period

1977 - 1986

Production location

Düsseldorf

Predecessor model

309 series

Successor model

Sprinter

Designs

Panel van, pick-up, minibus

Engines

Diesel engines 2.0 - 3.0 liters 40 kW (55 hp) - 65 kW (88 hp) Gasoline engines 2.0 - 2.3 liters 59 kW (80 hp) - 64 kW (87 hp)

Length

5065 - 6996 mm

Width

2100 - 2400 mm

Wheelbase

2950 - 4100 mm

Payload

Up to 2 tonnes

Gross vehicle weight

3.5 - 6.5 tonnes

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The L 408 was distinguished by its linear design, which clearly set the vehicle apart from its predecessor's rounded look.

The L 408 was distinguished by its linear design, which clearly set the vehicle apart from its predecessor's rounded look.

From 1977 to 1986, the L 408 created a sensation with all of its models.

From 1977 to 1986, the L 408 created a sensation with all of its models.

The L 408 saw a wide variety of uses: among other things it served as an ambulance, a fire-fighting vehicle and a delivery van for the Deutsche Post.

The L 408 saw a wide variety of uses: among other things it served as an ambulance, a fire-fighting vehicle and a delivery van for the Deutsche Post.

Although its appearance changed, it was also based on the proven technology of the L 319.

Although its appearance changed, it was also based on the proven technology of the L 319.

When mass production ended in 1986, roughly half a million

When mass production ended in 1986, roughly half a million "Düsseldorfer Vans" had run off the plant's assembly lines.

Photos: Kai Knörzer

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