Date registered: Feb 2015
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Help me identify this vehicle?
In August 1988, in the village of Lodwar in northern Kenya, I saw what might have been Mercedes-Benz LP 1313 (LP 1319, 1519?) single-body truck. It was outfitted for rugged overland travel - 4WD, winches front and rear, perhaps ten inches of clearance beneath the massive differentials, and set up to ford rivers several feet dep. The cargo bin was roofed with a canvas canopy, a spare tire was mounted underneath, between the long frame members, and twin fuel tanks were mounted outboard of the long frame members, just behind the cab. The short cab sat above the engine with seats for the driver and co-driver, with perhaps a third seat between them. There was a platform on the roof of the cab which provided insulation from the equatorial sun and, in this case, carried a second spare tire.
I'm interested in learning about the probable size of the engine, its available horsepower and torque, and about what the gearing might have been, and I want to verify that this could have been a Mercedes-Benz LP 1313, LP 1319, or LP 1519.