1961 Mercedes-Benz Type O321H Bus
Chassis no. 32100011163
5.1 Liter Diesel 6-Cylinder Engine
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Coil Springs, Rear Leaf Springs
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Left hand drive
*Authentic period hockey team bus
*Currently configured as a motorhome
*Recent servicing by Mercedes-Benz professionals
*Striking design one of Mercedes' most successful commercial models
*A great paddock vehicle for the Rolex Reunion
The Mercedes-Benz O321H
Testament to the versatility and broad range of products that the Mercedes-Benz brand has always offered, around the same time that Mercedes-Benz was creating waves on the racing scene with their new streamlined W196 racing cars, they were also pioneering new construction technology with their O321H series buses.
The origins of their interests in commercial vehicle manufacture and buses specifically dated to before the turn of the 20th century. Debuting in 1954, the O321H series were particularly novel in that they were built on a semi-integral principal and as such took Mercedes' bus designs in an entirely different direction from their platform chassis trucks for the first time.
By definition, the concept of the self supporting structure lightened its own road weight, allowed for a larger capacity luggage space and with its strong rigid body had greater stability. As one would expect, despite not being as svelte as a Gullwing, 300Sc or single seater, the O321H was unmistakably a Mercedes product, with styling cues of commonality with those other cars, and a distinctive curvaceous design.
It was without doubt a success for the company, which delivered some 30,000 units between 1954 and 1970. During that period a few aesthetic and technical revisions were made, an important update coming in 1961 with a taller aspect providing greater vision for driver and passengers alike.
The Motorcar Offered
It is understood that this bus was supplied new to Switzerland, where it was used as transport for the national hockey team when on tour, providing comfortable transit for 37 passengers. Beyond the practicality of this livelihood, a couple of decades after its original delivery, a former owner elected to tastefully convert it for his private use. In doing so he dispensed with some of the seats and replaced them with a commodious interior including 2 beds, 2 couches, kitchenette with sink, stove and refrigerator, plenty of closet space, bathroom with sink and porta-potty, sunroof, and retaining transit seating for 6. The Mercedes resided in the country of its origin until a year or so ago, when it passed into US ownership. On its arrival in the Northeast, it was subjected to a fresh servicing at the hands of Mercedes-Benz specialist Ed Owen's European Auto Solutions. Since this time it has been shown at the German Car Day at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, where it drew considerable interest this past Father's Day, winning the People's Choice award. The bus is ready to be used, be it for race paddock entertainment or support, to go on a corporate retreat, family vacation or as the ultimate tailgate party bus.
- Please note that the correct chassis for this vehicle is 321200011163 and its title is in transit.