BaT Auction: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 410 4×4

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This 1990 Mercedes-Benz 410 was built for a Swiss Alpine fire department according to the seller, who acquired it at auction and imported it to the US in 2017. The truck is equipped with a gasoline-powered inline-four, a 5-speed manual gearbox, and a dual-range 4-wheel drive conversion with a locking differential. Retained firefighting equipment includes lights and sirens, roll-up side and rear doors, a roof storage box, and slide-out interior drawers. This 410 is offered from Santa Barbara, California with records from a 2017 service, import documents, and a clean Virginia title in the seller’s name.

This former fire truck is finished in red and features black plastic fender flares at the rear. Several blemishes in the finish are pointed out in the gallery below. Fire fighting equipment has been partially removed, white remaining features include roll-up side and rear doors, a roof rack, and storage box as well as sand ladders and mounts added by the seller.

BaT Auction: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 410 4x4

The interior features a slide-out drawer system which can be used for a bed platform or storage, or can alternatively be removed for transport of a motorcycle or similar as demonstrated in the gallery. All six tires were replaced prior to export in 2017, with 7k miles added since. Lights and sirens remain installed but are not functional.

BaT Auction: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 410 4x4

The cabin features a bucket seat for the driver and a bench for two other occupants. Power steering and a heater/defroster are equipped, though the van does not have an air conditioning system. The plastic trim on one A-pillar is cracked. The shifters for the transmission and transfer case are located between the seats.

BaT Auction: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 410 4x4

Just under 21,400 kilometers (~13,300 miles) are shown on the odometer, with approximately 6,300 added by the seller driving the van across the US and as a daily commuter in Southern California. Close-up gallery photos show a transfer case instruction diagram affixed to the dash as well as several German-labeled buttons near the heater controls.

BaT Auction: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 410 4x4

The gasoline inline-four can be accessed from under the hood or a doghouse in the cabin, and is mated to a 5-speed dogleg-pattern manual transmission. A pre-export service in June 2017 reportedly include an inspection, fresh fluids and filters, replacement spark plugs and batteries, and a compression test. The oil and filters were changed again and fittings were greased in late November 2018. The seller notes that no records are provided from the Swiss fire department.

BaT Auction: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 410 4x4

The 4×4 drivetrain conversion is said to share components with the Gelandewagen and includes a transfer case, locking differential, and leaf-sprung solid axles at both ends. The seller recently took the van to an Overland Expo event and ran it through an intermediate obstacle course, photos from which are provided in the gallery below.

BaT Auction: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 410 4x4

The seller is including import documents from the US EPA, DHS/CBP, and DOT as well as a Mercedes-Benz service invoice from 2017.

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