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Old 08-23-2000, 09:59 PM
ctaylor738 ctaylor738 is offline
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For your car:

300 means a 3 liter engine, S means a luxury model, and D is diesel engine

The W116 is the basic body style, which I think was shared with the 380SE in your vintage. This meant 3.8 liter engine, S for luxury, and E for "einspritzen" or fuel-injected.

Do not take this too far, as the designations lose their logic between years and keeping it straight is an art unto itself. Sometimes, S was for Sport and L was for Light or Luxury. Then there was the 250C which had a 2.8 liter engine and a C for Coupe.

If you get the Adsit catalog, you will find a good description of body and engine designations.

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