Mercedes-Benz L3500 truck

Mercedes-Benz L3500

Mercedes-Benz L3500 is derived from the first post-war truck model from the Mercedes-Benz factory in Mannheim, model L3250 from 1949. Strong competition of the other companies like Borgward and Magirus-Deutz offering 3.5-ton class trucks, resulted in the need to increase capacity of quarter of a ton. In this way, in 1950 appeared to be very successful truck Mercedes-Benz L3500. In total, since 1950 to end 1960’s of the twentieth century nearly 146,000 of these vehicles (and additionally more than 37,000 in the version with cab over engine or longer tonneau)were produced, both in the parent factory in Germany (until 1961), and licensed in Brazil, Argentina and India (TATA factory). The source of success was very successful, reliable diesel engine OM 312. In addition to the standard S version (4×2), a truck with drive on two axles LA3500 and the increased capacity model –  L4500 were produced. In 1955 Mercedes changed the marking system of his trucks. From the name disappeared number pointing to the payload / capacity class (in this case 3500, ie the truck 3.5-ton). Since then this model was known as the Mercedes-Benz L311 and L312 heavier 4,5t model.

Specifications Mercedes-Benz L3500 (L311):

Length: 7.27 m

Width: 2.29 m

Height: 2.5 m

Wheelbase: 4.2 m

Empty weight: 3.2 t

Payload: 3.75 t

Maximum speed: 88 km / h

Powerplant: diesel inline 6-cylinder engine OM 312

Engine Displacement: 4580 cm3

Power: 90 hp

Fuel capacity: 140 l

Average fuel consumption on the road: 14.4 l / 100 km