1976 Mercedes-Benz 309D Camper For Sale – Don’t See This Everyday

By Gregory Lloyd / Posted on March 31, 2018

This 1976 Mercedes-Benz 309D Camper is equipped with an inline-four diesel engine paired to a 5-speed manual transmission and was acquired by the seller in 2012. The seller believes the camper was sold new in Germany and may have been imported to the US from Canada, but its history remains largely unknown. It retains California sunset plates and a parking sticker from the Fort Ord Army base in Monterey, California, which closed in 1994. The transmission was rebuilt by the previous owner, and a new clutch, replacement rear differential, rear tires, ignition components, and a rebuilt master cylinder were installed under the current ownership. A repaint was also performed but rust repair was not addressed. This 309D is now being offered for sale with records from the seller and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

A driver-quality repaint was commissioned by the seller in a tri-tone color scheme that was reportedly similar to its original finish, with an orange shade replacing the original brown stripe. A crack is noted in the windshield and the reverse light is non-functional and missing its lens.

Significant rust is present around the front windshield. Other areas of corrosion can be seen throughout the body in the side drain rails and around the door hinges. Water leakage around the side windows has resulted in damage to some of the interior wooden panels.

A swivel seat from a Volkswagen is mounted on the passenger side and is equipped with a lap belt. No radio is currently installed, and the seller reports that the A/C fan, heater, and defrost function. The odometer is stuck at 99,999 kilometers with actual mileage unknown. The seller estimates that they have driven the vehicle approximately 2k miles during their six-year ownership.

According to the seller, the stove, oven, vent fan, and refrigerator work properly. A 120-volt circuit is wired throughout and connected to an inverter with solar panels located on the roof. The water has been disconnected, though a hot water heater remains but its functionality is unknown. Shower hardware is retained but the toilet has been removed.

A full bed is located in the rear of the bus, and the kitchen seating area can be converted to a twin bed.

Power comes from an inline-four diesel engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The previous owner had the transmission rebuilt, and the seller replaced the clutch, rebuilt the brake master cylinder, and installed a new ignition system.

A replacement rear differential from a donor vehicle was installed in July, and records from the seller are included in the sale. A detailed walk-around video and a video of the start-up and engine are viewable below.

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