Tap Into Your Inner Hipster With A Restomod 1959 Mercedes-Benz O 319

Talk about classic people carriers and the name Volkswagen will definitely come into discussion, as their Microbus continues to write history.

However, not many know that Mercedes-Benz had an alternative to the VW Microbus, introduced in 1955 alongside the medium-duty L 319 truck, and called 0 319, as part of their vehicle expansion plan.

And if you happen to be looking for one, then you have come to the right place, because RMSothebys have this gorgeous example listed for their Arizona sale, which takes place in Phoenix, on January 18-19.

Expected to fetch $175,000-$200,000, the 1959 Mercedes-Benz O 319 features a modern direct-injected engine from the German brand, married to an automatic transmission, and air-ride suspension adapted to the stock dual rear-wheel setup.

All work, which included bringing the exterior back to its former glory and painting it in the factory colors, alongside transforming the interior into a camper van, was made by its previous owner, a computer engineer, who spent 15 years working on it.

Some of the details that should make the purchase even more interesting are the centralized circuit-breaker panel and lighting for every cubby and compartment upon opening, propane and water tanks installed underneath the body, and meticulous plumbing and electric work.

This makes it ready for its next outdoor adventure, but would you rather have a classic Mercedes or a similar Volkswagen Microbus?

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  • jarooo4

    “O” in O 319 stands for Omnibus. It’s a bus and it is much bigger than a VW Microbus.

    • This ^ maybe the editorial team hasn’t seen this car.

  • LWOAP

    Inner hipster? Please. Just give me the damn thing.

  • Six Thousand Times

    There’s just nothing but cool here.

  • NEVER KNEW THIS EXISTED. A LOT COOLER THAN A VW BUS. IRONICALLY AS A KID BEING HAULED AROUND IN A USED ONE THERE WAS NOTHING COOL ABOUT IT.

    • The truck version is very common. In Europe they are all retired but in Asia, Africa and South America you can still see them running.

      In fact the truck version is still produced in Iran. And when I went there, there are a lot of them running around.

      • IN AMERICA WE DON’T SEE THIS SIDE OF MERCEDES, JUST THEIR LUXURY MODELS. A RESTORED 23 WINDOW VW BUS CAN GO FOR WELL OVER 200K AT AUCTION. I’M GONNA GUESS THIS WILL GO FOR MUCH MORE BECAUSE OF IT’S UNIQUENESS.

        • True, I don’t think merc ever sell Unimog there, and that G Class come when they are sort of luxury SUV and not the utilitarian off roader.

          And about the price, I think that this is because this bus has been restomod and the fact that most of this bus is rotten in some commercial vehicle dump rather than being in some collector’s garage.

  • Makes me remember of my hometown, the truck version is still running around in Indonesia, often with the original German engine.

    The bus version is known to us as “Mercedes Robur”…. I don’t know where they got the name from, I assume the original distributor also sell Robur trucks, which for those who don’t know trucks, it’s an East German made trucks that didn’t share any parts with Mercedes at all.

    Weird indeed.

  • TheBelltower

    Okay, this is the coolest thing I’ve seen all week

  • McF1

    Sensational.

  • Timo

    Modern engine…what?!

  • Bob

    I haven’t felt palpitations on this scale since I first laid eyes on Jessica Alba.

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