Mercedes-Benz LP 710-B. Production: 1961-1970, 74 HP

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The Mercedes-Benz L 710 is a two-axle short-nosed truck from the Mercedes-Benz brand that was built at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Mannheim from 1961. From 1961 to 1963 the vehicle was called the L 323. The L 710 was the smallest Mercedes-Benz short-nosed vehicle, which was also built as a cab-over-engine. The four-wheel drive models, which were only introduced later, were only delivered from the factory as a tipper or chassis, but not as a flatbed truck.

The L 710 is a two-axle truck with a ladder frame and front and rear rigid axles. Four different wheelbases were offered, from 3200 to 4830 mm. The axles are each suspended on two semi-elliptic leaf springs, the rear axle is also fitted with two progressively acting auxiliary springs, while the front axle also has telescopic shock absorbers. The front axle has single tyres, the rear axle has dual tyres. The wheels are steel disc wheels.

The size 7.5-20 tires are mounted on size 6.0-20 split bevel rims. In addition to Daimler-Benz itself, suppliers for the brake system were the companies Bosch and Teves. The brake system is a hydraulic brake system with single-chamber compressed air brake assistance, the braking force acts on brake drums with a diameter of 400 mm on all four wheels. The handbrake is mechanical and acts on the rear wheel brakes. The manufacturer of the steering is Daimler-Benz, it is a recirculating ball steering system with an undivided tie rod. All vehicles were available with both left-hand and right-hand drive.

The power is transmitted from the engine to the transmission via a Fichtel & Sachs H 32 single-disc dry clutch. The gearbox is a non-synchronized five-speed gearbox from Daimler-Benz, which is blocked to the engine. It is shifted with a shift lever located next to the driver’s seat. Later only a fully synchronized gearbox with five gears was available. The drive power is transmitted from the gearbox via a two-part drive shaft to a bevel gear axle with palloid teeth, which transmits the power to the rear axle. All-wheel drive models have three cardan shafts as the power transmission element.

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