Overland Classifieds :: 1983 Mercedes 1222 4×4 Doka Fire Truck

Building an overland vehicle often starts with a vision. A glimpse into the future, into what could be rather than what is at present, and an opportunity to create something out of the ordinary. Will this 1983 Mercedes 1222 Ex-German fire truck create that vision for you? If not, perhaps the conversions built by Fabian Lentsch (former Freeride Pro World Tour skier), road family Afueravida, or Linda and Sandro’s fire truck conversion named Whaly, will do the trick.

This cherry red feuerwehrwas imported into the US in March 2020 from Germany. It served with the Sindelfingen fire department until 2017, when it was purchased from surplus by a German dealer. It shows 43,078 original kilometers, a clean Oregon title, motorhome plates, and current registration.

From Ryan:

“This NG series of Mercedes trucks has legendary longevity and durability. The 1222 has even stronger axles than the 1017/1019 military trucks, as well as more power and payload. It’s an absolute blast to drive and a real head-turner! I am also able to remove the fire box for you if you wish to build an expedition truck and just want a bare chassis.”


OM421 V6, 10.8-liter diesel engine
5-speed manual transmission
2-speed transfer case
Locking center and rear differentials
PTO powered Ziegler water pump
1600-liter water tank
Bridgestone M840 10R22.5 tires

This 1983 Mercedes fire truck is listed for $30,000 OBO and is currently located in Tigard, Oregon. Check out the full vehicle specs via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.


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Ashley Giordano completed a 48,800-kilometer overland journey from Canada to Argentina with her husband, Richard, in their well-loved but antiquated Toyota pickup. On the zig-zag route south, she hiked craggy peaks in the Andes, discovered diverse cultures in 15 different countries, and filled her tummy with spicy ceviche, Baja fish tacos, and Argentinian Malbec. You can usually find Ashley buried in a pile of travel books, poring over maps, or researching wild medicinal plants. Ashley is a co-founder of Women Overlanding the World and crew member of Expedition Overland. You’ll find this Canadian-born couple exploring a different continent in 2021, and sharing their trip every step of the way at Desk to Glory.