Thanks to Gav in Tassie.
When you really wish your Mercedes was a Leyland P76
With the boot/trunk lid removed those P76s make a handy paddock ute except the rear suspension isnt up to the task, we had such a car on a friends property.
Now, how do you get it out of there?
A friend told me about seeing a guy lift a 44-gallon drum (55 US gall) onto the back of a truck.
Otherwise, with something to grab the rim of the drum with some leverage and a ramp I’m sure it would be possible.
Now, chances of this having been rear-ended in the past? 110%?
Take a pig to market on a weekday and the missus to church on Sunday
There used to be a guy in town who would put sheep in the back seat of his Pug 504…..
Perfect. Just the thing to haul refrigerators and stoves to my rentals, in style.
The license plate suggested that he Explore the Possibilities. It looks like he did just that.
Reminds me of the slide-in pickup beds that were briefly a factory option for business coupes in the ’30s.
In the early ’70s a weird modification on the W115 220D was produced in Argentina, named “double cabin”, what would be a “crew cab”. The car was a typical sedan up to the rear door, and then there was the short bed of a pickup. The overall length was similar to that of the sedan, and usually the pickup bed would be covered with either a cloth or a fiberglass cover. As far as I remember, all of them had steering column gearchange and little less to differentiate them from the Montevideo sedan taxicabs. I guess there was some tax incentive in not building the normal model, as well as assembling them probably with some Argentinian local content. I don’t remember if there was fiberglass involved.
The reason was that Mercedes Benz wasn’t allowed to manufacture cars in Argentina ,only trucks and buses.
There was body shops that converted these cars turned pick ups on station wagons completing the roof and the tail gate in a door and glass windows on the sides. It really looked very neat .
Handy looking vehicle and no problems doing that in Tassie, though it has new plates so perhaps reregistered after the conversion, unless theyve changed the rules since I left cars were inspected upon first registrarion then never again, with the diesel engine that thing should haul a decent load, I like it.
Hope that has self leveling suspension, removing the bootlid from a P76 showed up shortcomings in that department its job was firewood for the kitchen stove and more would go in than it could move with.
Interesting how the diesel fuel seems to have dripped from the tank all the way onto the wheel and presumably the tire as well.
Of course not nearly as interesting as the ute back end. Neat job though with the tailgate, the cover and how it appears that they kept the taper of the body itself.
Unlike my old 89 560 SL, this is “Das Ein Viertel Panzerwagen”
Well, Tassie. What a waste of a 124, can only hope it had been rear ended at some stage.
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