At the 1955 IAA, the 319 series from Mercedes-Benz caused a sensation: after a whole generation of new trucks and new buses, the then Daimler-Benz AG expanded its commercial vehicle range into lighter weight classes from 1955. With a total weight of 3.6 tons and compact dimensions, the new L 319 series was just right for trade, commerce and industry. The partially load-bearing structure was far superior to the competition‘s similar models. The first van with the star is the forerunner to numerous, successful, successor generations from Mercedes-Benz.
The new L / O 319 has an unusual visual appearance: In the 1950s, heavy and light trucks usually drove forward as hooded vehicles, so Mercedes-Benz used the spacesaving front-link design for the light vans. The oval grille of the L / O 319 surrounds both the large star as a trademark and the round headlights. Similar to buses and trucks, the van is also adorned with a chrome band. It extends under the windshield across the rounded front section to the side of the cab doors.