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1983 Mercedes-Benz 309D Van


Another day, another musing regarding a potential future RV conversion for Nate. This one brings it a little closer to home, however. I’m a rowing coach, and a few years ago my former coach eschewed the Ford Excursions used as team vans and bought diesel Mercedes-Benz Sprinters. With the ability for 6’5″ dudes to stand up, serious A/C for hot races, and diesel efficiency, they are a great choice. It just so happens the brand of boats we race are German and come exclusively in a pale yellow – see where I’m going with this? I want to buy this van and turn it into my Race Headquarters, tastefully logo’d up and ready to analyze data, rewatch footage, and catch a nap. My coworker said she’d buy my Toyota truck for whatever I paid for this proto-Sprinter, and right now that’s looking like a great deal on both ends.

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Year: 1983
Model: 309D Van
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-5 diesel
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 113,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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A very rare and sought after Mercedes pre sprinter 309D lefthand drive van with only 180,000 km (113000miles), with a manual 5-speed tranny and power steering, very rare configuration. Has the strong 5 cylinder 3.0 motor so this truck is very suitable for highway use also. Can be used as a cargo,or converted to an RV. No AC. Does great on diesel fuel and no computers that can break :-). This van can haul 8 passengers and a driver. Driver seat has airride and also the original blaupunkt radio is there and working, cool Hella fog lights. Almost new tires. Very rustarm vehicle with a lot of life left and doesn’t need anything,except a new owner, clean and clear florida title. I always have Mercedes vans 1989 and older, also in RV configuration but a clean one like this is extremely rare.

I also import VW vans and other brands but mostly 4×4 diesels like Mercedes G, Land Rover, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Land Cruiser, etc. I specialize in 89 and older. No financing so make sure you talked with the wife and counted your money, feel free to call me anytime 727 259 3021 Paul. $1,000 deposit within 1 hour of auction ends, balance to be paid within 3 days, storage free for as long as you need and yes, I will assist with nationwide transport. And yes, I will pick you up from Tampa airport if you opt to drive one the vehicles home.

My brother buys the vehicles for me in Westeren Europe, he is a active police officer/border patrol agent who works for me in his free time so I don’t have to worry when I need to send money overseas 🙂 or that I get lemons or basket cases :-). My retired sister does the buying for me of the vehicles I buy in Spain and France, since she lives there and speaks the languages and again no worries that my money is gone when I send it overseas:-) I do not assist with buying and shipping overseas vehicles to USA for third parties,neither do I assist with the import part and paperwork of it. The drivelines are old school Mercedes and parts are commonly available, I have the sources for new and used parts. All my vehicles are sold as is, where is, no warranties implied. If I think of more, I’ll post it later.

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Bidding has been pretty anemic thus far, so I’m skeptical as to if it will reach it’s unknown reserve. If I could get it for less than $7k, maybe I could stop boring the people who come here to read about super-Porsches and live the VanLife dream!



  1. markiteight
    markiteight April 3, 2014

    Back in high school one of my team mates had a Volvo 850 T5-R painted in what we referred to as ‘Empacher Yellow.’ We thought that was pretty funny, but no one outside the boathouse understood what we were on about. Sadly that Volvo was the closest we got to an Empacher…all our boats were Pococks.

  2. Nate
    Nate April 4, 2014

    @markiteight, I LOVE those 850Rs, especially in empacher yellow. That would also be an outstanding regatta support vehicle.

  3. albert
    albert May 31, 2014

    lol @ 7k,it went for 12000 to a school in the US Virgin Islands.

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