Mercedes-Benz T2

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Mercedes-Benz T2
Mercedes t2 doka sst.jpg
Mercedes-Benz 407 D Double Cab Pickup (1967-1981)
Manufacturer Daimler-Benz
Grupo Consorcio 1390 S.A.
Mercedes-Benz España
Production 1967-1996
Assembly 1969–1978
Düsseldorf, Germany
Ludwigsfelde, Germany
González Catán, Argentina
Alcobendas, Spain, since 19?? (SKD)
Barcelona, Venezuela
Body and chassis
Class Light commercial vehicle
Body style Cargo Van
Crew Van
Pickup (stand. and crew cab)
Cab Chassis
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Predecessor Mercedes-Benz L 319

The Mercedes-Benz T2 was a transporter manufactured by Daimler-Benz. The T2 is also known as the "Düsseldorf transporter", since it was built until 1996 in Düsseldorf. The third series, built from 1996 at Ludwigsfelde, was branded the Vario. Some T2s were assembled by Mercedes-Benz España in their Alcobendas assembly plant.

For Argentina, the first T2 product are the L 608 D in 1969 until 1990. In 1989, the new products are the L 710, L 914 and 814 with the LO variant (chassis bus). The production ceased in 1966. The Venezuelan version of the T2 was manufactured in Barcelona by the Grupo Consorcio 1390 S.A. (currently MMC Automoritz S.A.) as the Mercedes-Benz Class L3. The L3 was built from 1969 up to 1978, when the company was bought by the Ford Motor Company.

First generation (1967–1986)[edit]

1982 after facelift L407D-KA motorhome
Fire engine
GHA Coaches Marshall bodied Mercedes-Benz 709D in England

In 1967, the T2 was introduced as a successor to the L 319 / L 406 series. The vehicle filled the gap between Bremen Transporters and the heavier trucks, manufactured in Wörth

The T2 was available as a box van, a flat-bed light truck (with single or double cab), or a minibus. From 1977 the chassis was offered, for the mounting of larger box van and bus bodies, in two different widths. In 1981 the T2 received a facelift, the most visible differences were the new radiator grille, which now was a moulding of black plastic. The various T2 versions were popular for a wide range of applications: they were used as delivery vans, light builders' vans or trucks, fire-brigade and rescue support vehicles, post office parcel delivery vans (featuring sliding doors) and for very many other uses. In the early 1970s, T2 was also offered branded as a Hanomag-Henschel. In Brazil and some other South American countries was build with a turbo system.

Production of flat-bed trucks of the first generation ended after 19 year construction period, after approximately 450,000 vehicles had been produced, in 1986.

Second generation (1986–1996)[edit]

The second generation of the T2 was introduced in 1986, and was manufactured until 1996.[1] It was significantly upgraded, the bonnet having become longer and the design altogether more sharp-edged. The chassis sold in large numbers in the United Kingdom and Ireland during the minibus revolution. Variations included the 609D, 614D, 709D, 711D, 811D, 814D and 510 (petrol).[2]

The LO812 was sold in Australia from the early 1990s, Westbus purchasing 26 in 1992[3] and National Bus Company purchased 45 in 1994/95.[4] Various other operators would purchase smaller fleets.

The T2 is still manufactured in Argentina as the L 710[5] and the LO 915[6] chassis for minibus applications.


In 1996, the T2 was replaced by the Mercedes-Benz Vario Visual differences between the Vario and its predecessors were quite small, but included new headlights and radiator grille: at the same time the interior was revised.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ T2: a new generation Commercial Motor 5 July 1986
  2. ^ Mercedes announces record midibus sales Commercial Motor 20 October 1988
  3. ^ New South Wales Bus Operators and Fleet Listings. Sydney: Historic Commercial Vehicle Association. 1994. p. 120. 
  4. ^ Ventura Group Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  5. ^ Mercedes-Benz (Argentina) - Consulted el 04/04/2012
  6. ^ Mercedes-Benz (Argentina) - Consulted el 04/04/2012
  7. ^ Vario replaces the T2 Commercial Motor 3 October 1996

External links[edit]

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