A decision by the management to expand its footprint abroad by setting up manufacturing plants in foreign countries allowed Mercedes-Benz to start their first factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1951. Argentina was the ideal choice since a sizeable percentage of people have German ancestry.
Original derivative of a truck model, this bus had a shorter trunk (it was common to find long-nosed buses those days) that offered better visibility to the driver. These buses were accepted by the people as they were sturdy and reliable. Bus operators also preferred this model because of lower maintenance cost. This prompted Mercedes-Benz to even make a chassis that was more longer i.e. 4830 mm.
By the end of 1973, Mercedes had produced over 5000 buses when it decided to stop production as they wanted to introduce a newer model.
Like any another bus operator, Hector Prieto brought several of these 21 seater buses in the year 1969 and painted them in his signature colours with lots of lucky charm figures and other motifs. Hector Prieto whose bus routes had become famous by this time decided to donate one of his signature buses to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart and this still stands inside the museum today.
A very unique and rare collectible in metal whose value will grow with time.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||11 x 3 x 5|
|Color||Cream / Red|