All the important plates are still there. The Waa mark is stamped on the id-plate. The Mercedes archive kindly provided the order information regarding this car. It was delivered 29 May 1940 to Erdingen. Does anyone know something about Erdingen during the war? The car also has the matching numbers on chassis, engine and body. As the car is Entstört nach gruppe 3 I'm thinking that it might have been a car with field telephone equipment. Some small holes behind the right door might be for the bracket that hold the long wooden sticks seen on those cars. I bought it in Horten-Norway that was a important harbor for the Germans after the bombings of Kiel. Today it is in Sweden together with my other 1941 170VK.
The car has been outside in the rain and snow for a very long time. The body sides are made of aluminum but the floor is steel. Or at least it was steel from the beginning. Two of the doors are made of steel and one is made out of aluminum. Most of the wood has rotted away and needs to be replaced. A lot of fun work!
"waffle" sheet metal for the floor. In Germany there are companies that produce the typical pattern. Wilms Metallmarkt Lochbleche GmbH & Co. KG. Widdersdorfer Str. 215 50825 Köln (Ehrenfeld) Deutschland. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.wilmsmetall.de I sent original pattern and it was produced again in small amounts.