Mercedes-Benz Type LG 3000 (production series LG 63)






At first, Daimler-Benz was not involved in the development of a three-axle cross-country lorry in the 3 ton class. Generally, Daimler-Benz maintained to be present in all relevant motor vehicle classes. Therefore, an own three-axle cross-country lorry of the 3 ton class was developed beginning in 1934. This type was designated Mercedes-Benz LG 63. The first three testing vehicles were finished already in 1934. In 1935, further seven vehicles followed. In this time, rearmament of the German army was started in larger scales. The result was, that the so far accepted companies could not produce the demanded quantities of cross-country lorries in the 3 ton class. Finally, the Wehrmacht took notice of the Mercedes-Bent LG 63. Serial production of the vehicle now designated Mercedes-Benz LG 3000 started in 1936. More than 500 vehicles were made that year. The larges yearly output was reached in 1937 with about 2,500 produced vehicles. In the following time, production numbers decreased. Altogether 7,440 vehicles were manufactured from 1934 to 1940. Besides the Wehrmacht, civilian organisations like the Reichspost and the Reichsbahn procured such vehicles just as the corporate sector. Some sources claim, that a large part of the produced Mercedes-Benz LG 3000 were exported but the Daimler-Benz statistics state only 26 vehicles as exported. The Wehrmacht classified the Mercedes-Benz LG 3000 as mittlerer geländegängiger Lastkraftwagen, offen (o) – middle cross-country lorry, open (commercial). A whole range of special superstructures were delivered on this chassis. According to photo analyses, the largest part of these vehicles were used by the Luftwaffe.






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Mercedes-Benz LG 3000 (LG 63)


Daimler-Benz OM 67, Diesel



3900 + 1050














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mittlerer geländegängiger Lastkraftwagen, offen (o)

m. gl. Lkw. off. (o)



Feldfernkabelkraftwagen [m. gl. Lkw.,off. (o)]

Ff. Kabel-Kw.



Fernsprech-Baukraftwagen [m. gl. Lkw., off. (o)]

Fsp. Bau. Kw.



schwerer Fernsprechkraftwagen [m. gl. Lkw., off. (o)]

s. Fsp. Kw.



mittlerer Flakkraftwagen [m. gl. Lkw. (o)]

m. Flak Kw.



mittlerer Lastkraftwagen für Feldfernkabel [m. gl. Lkw., off. (o)]

m. Lkw. f. FF-Kabel



Lastkraftwagen für Fernsprechbau [m. gl. Lkw., off. (o)]

Lkw. f. Fsp. Bau.



Pionierkraftwagen I mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Pi. Kw. I



mittlerer Scheinwerferkraftwagen [m. gl. Lkw. (o)]

m. Scheinw. Kw.



Fernschreibkraftwagen (Kfz. 72) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Fernschr. Kw. (Kfz. 72)



Fernsprechbetriebskraftwagen (Kfz. 72) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Fsp. Betr. Kw. (Kfz. 72)



Funkbetriebskraftwagen (Kfz. 72) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Fu. Betr. Kw. (Kfz. 72)



Funkhorchkraftwagen a (Kfz. 72) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Fu. Horch Kw. a (Kfz. 72)



Funkkraftwagen a und b (Kfz. 72) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Fu. Kw. a & b (kfz. 72)



Flakmesstruppkraftwagen I und II (Kfz. 74) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Fl. Messtr. Kw. I & II (Kfz. 74)



Nebelkraftwagen (Kfz. 91) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Nb. Kw. (Kfz. 91)



Funkmastkraftwagen (Kfz. 301) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Fu. Mast Kw. (Kfz. 301)



Horchfunkpeilkraftwagen (Kfz. 303) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Horch Fu. Peil Kw. (Kfz. 303)



Tankspritze 2,5 (Kfz. 343) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Ts. 2,5 (Kfz. 343)



Flugbetriebsstoffkesselkraftwagen (Kfz. 384) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Fb. K. Kw. (Kfz. 384)



Kfz-Aufsetzkran 3t auf m. gl. Lkw. (o)







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