Heading for victory.
Historic unique item.
The sixteen nations competed with each other for the grand title in football stadiums in Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Munich. Among them, ahead of the field: the Federal Republic of Germany. The closer the team of Günther Netzer, Franz Beckenbauer and Berti Vogts got to the final, the more excitement the brightly-coloured bus created among the football fans. Frequently there were euphoric choruses of car horns on the autobahns. The team bus went with the footballers not only on their journeys from match to match, but finally to victory too: in 1974, the German national team became world champions. Since then, the bus has been a symbol of the football success of that year and brings back powerful memories.
At home in the world.
Following the World Cup, the unique vehicles were sold to various bus companies in Germany and internationally. There they remained in use for many years, mainly with the original paintwork. Today their trail leads to distant countries such as Indonesia, Thailand and Argentina. The German team’s momentous bus disappeared without trace in the 1990s. That was why Mercedes-Benz rebuilt the former world champions’ O 302, identical down to the last detail, and exhibited it for visitors to get close up to at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
This year, the bus’s 40th anniversary will be celebrated on 29 May, reminding us of the national team’s momentous victory in 1974. And who knows? Maybe the German football team will be heading for the title again this year with their Mercedes-Benz team bus.