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Newsletter No.024 Sprinter 412D, Mercedes magazine, 2001 A-Class.

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Newsletter Number 24

Hello and welcome to another newsletter.

Remember the hassles with the ISP last newsletter. Well things have not got a lot better. Most of the problems have been with the lack of time we have had to sort out the mess. Some pictures are still missing and the MB club of the ACT page is still missing in action. The big news for the week is a new purchase for our collection. It is a 1998 Sprinter, see below for more details.

We have still some problems with lost e-mails and delays with replies. If you have experienced any of this, we appologize.

John Green.

Any questions? Or you want to get off the list? E-mail us here.

Sprinter 412D Campervan.

OK, so it is not a campervan it is a ex courier van. It was sold in September 1989 to a courier firm operating out of Geelong in Victoria. Every night, five days a week, it drove to Portland and back and has travelled 385000kms in two years and 9 months! Thats 540kms per week day!

But it will be a campervan soon. The plan is to fit it out as a four seat/berth camper and travel Australia in style.

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Engine is a 2.9lt Intercooled turbo diesel. Transmission is a 5 speed manual. It has Air Conditioning and power steering.

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Plenty of room inside for a camper conversion.

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This shot helps put it into context, the other two vehicles are our 1998 Vito Flexivan and our 1999 A160. Somebody joked that we could put the A class in the back of the Vito and the Vito in the back of the Sprinter!!

Using a MercedesVan for a Camper is not a new idea. Since the 319 series was introduced in 1958 there have been many Campers based on variuos MB van designs. here is a shot of a ex post van 1961 L319B that has been comverted by a chap in Switzerland.

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And here are some links for Camper sites here in Australia that can do you a MB camper:

Sunliner Campers

Horizon Wattle

Hire a Sprinter camper

Or finally you can have a look at this 1978 207D camper that is listed on Hacks photo site.

Site of the week.

It cant be as good as our newsletter, but you might want to consider subscribing to the Mercedes Magazine. Here is the link on the Mercedes-Benz Australia site. Not bad value for $26.00. It is two late to enter the contest but it is worth a look.

Cars for Sale.

The 380SEC didn't last long it was sold only three days after we advertised it. We have also taken a deposit on the blue 220/8. We have a 1978 280E in silver with blue trim arriving late this week.

Here are some of our cars:

Have a look here for a full list of our cars for sale.

220/8 sedan 1970 model.

220-cream.jpg - 40.63 KRecent respray in cream with brown MBtex. heaps of reciepts from the local Mercedes-Benz dealer. New Michelin white wall tyres. CD player. Excellent condition. $2990.00AUDMore details


450SLC Coupe 1978 model. 450SLC-white.jpg - 28.61 K

Excellent V8 coupe, excellent mechanical condition. White with brown velour interior, 15" Alloy wheelsPOAMore details


190E Sedan 1983 model. 190E-711FKN.jpg - 42.40 K

Very early version of the 190E sedan, sunroof, electric windows, C180 15" alloys with new tyres, Grey with excellent condition tan MB-tex interior. Reduced to $9990.00 More details

A Class Update.

The 2001 A class update has just arrived at dealers here in Australia. If it drove past you in the street you would not notice any differances but if it was parked you would notice that a heap of small subtle changes have really improved the overall look of the A class.

Externally it is still the same shape but with slight differances in the front and rear bars. The headlamps have been changed to the more modern clear lense style and the tailamps have a slightly difrerant style. There is a thin chrome mould down each side and the grille is colour coded.

The big differance inside is the timber trim on the centre console. The Avante Graud option has gone and now it is either Classic or Elegance. Also gone is the A140. Now it is either the 75kw A160 of the 92kw A190. There were over 550000 units made of the first version.

So that's it for another newsletter. Hope you liked what you saw. If you have any ideas or want to contribute any articles, pictures or other material please e-mail me here. Also don't forget that you can check out the old newsletters here

Thanks, John Green.