Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mercedes Benz 508D & L319

I noticed this decommissioned fire department truck in the Frankfurt suburb of Niederrad. Couldn't get much boxier, could it? But boxes make sense for hauling stuff. My son has a toy one of these. I find something very appealing about the no-frills shape of medium-size Mercedes truck and vans. Form follows function. Like the 207D van posted on AL a while ago. Not sure of the era of this unit: late 1980s, perhaps?

The M-B van that started it all was a beautiful thing: the 1955 L319. 

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