Truck Stop Classic: 1958 Mercedes-Benz L312 – Sitting Behind The Geraniums*

1958 Mercedes-Benz L312 Truck - 1

Zilch classic truck shows this year, no further explanation needed. So finding this immaculate ol’ Benz truck, parked in a farmyard, on a cloudy fall day, was a bit of a treat.

1958 Mercedes-Benz L312 Truck - 2

A conventional 4×2 flatbed truck with dropsides and full canopy, this was a highly common set-up, back in the day.

1958 Mercedes-Benz L312 Truck - 3

The L312 is powered by a 4,580 cc inline-six diesel engine, known as the Mercedes-Benz OM 312. Maximum power output 100 DIN-hp. The transmission is a five-speed manual.

1958 Mercedes-Benz L312 Truck - 4

With a wheelbase of 360 cm (141.7”), this was the shortest chassis of the series. The 312 was offered as a straight truck and tractor unit, always with two axles, either with a RWD or AWD drivetrain.

* Dutch saying “achter de geraniums zitten”, an inactive lifestyle, especially after one’s retirement.