I’m a fan of the common Mercedes-Benz, which is why I own a W114. Benz built almost two million of them. Still, it’s the oddball Benz machines that really capture my attention. Such as this 1972 Mercedes-Benz O309D that’s popped up for sale through a Missouri Craigslist post.
The seller says the engine runs strong, and it should considering it’s an old Mercedes diesel. I have no clue which engine is in there, but it likely makes between 60 and 85 horsepower, based on some quick research (*cough* Wikipedia).
The proper name for such an old Benz bus is the T2. Mercedes built them from 1967 on through 1996. Eventually the T2 yielded to the Sprinter, but this one lives on albeit in a bit of a rough state.
What is rough to some, however, could be perfect to others. This is a blank canvas for a fantastic camper build. You could keep it standard, classic and clean inside. Or you could blow the minds of the Overlanding set, if you’ve got a bit more cash to burn. Either way, the finished product would potentially be exceptional.
With an asking price of just $4,000, you have to admit that this one is at least a little enticing.