Mercedes-Benz » L3250 / L3500 / L4500
In 1948 in Untertürkheim, an engineer Wilhelm Haspel has developed the first postwar truck L3250 with a 6-cylinder 4.6-liter diesel engine OM312 with an output of 90 hp, created on the base of an old gasoline engine from Opel Blitz truck. The truck had a welded frame made of steel profiles, 5-speed gearbox and hydraulic brakes. Despite the rush of developments, the truck turned out to be very successful and served as a base for the whole family, which were produced about 20 years. In 1949, a 3.5-ton model L3500 leaded the range. In two years later all-wheel drive model LA3500, tipper LAK3500 and fire chassis LAF3500 have been added to the range. In 1950 more powerful model L4500 has been introduced.