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Old 11-02-2005, 11:20 AM
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What am i driving???

Hello Everyone,

Here is my VIN# WDBCA43A7DB004934

I have been told before that this vehicle was built for american destination, however it has euro headlights with height adjusters. I am a tech, (not mercedes) and have looked over the system, if someone swapped it from another car they did a heck of a nice job. I am the third owner, and know the second owner very well, she had the car since 1985 and didnt have any mods done. So help me out please. you guys have some of the best information ive found on these great cars. Also, this car has chrome wheel lip mouldings and large body side mouldings. Was that some sort of option or something?? i have only seen one other car with these. The factory lists the replacement parts so i know they are not aftermarket. any ideas????
Thanks in advance for your help.
Roger

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Old 11-02-2005, 01:07 PM
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post pics i will be able to tell maybe. others can look at the vin and tell.

euro cars often have cloth seats and very basic trim including crank windows and soemtimes abs on base model cars. most everyting except the 300 turbo was available in eurpoe that was here and the turbo is a favorite subject of debate.

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Old 11-02-2005, 01:11 PM
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1983 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SEC
Body Style: COUPE
Engine Type: 3.8L V8 FI
The cladding and fender lips were common on US Cars
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Old 11-02-2005, 01:57 PM
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Thanks for the info, ill get pics and post them, its really strange, US style bumpers with euro headlamps and height adjusters that look like a factory install, can you tell what the production plant was?? the vin decoder i found dosnt list my digit.
Thanks to all,
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Old 11-02-2005, 02:11 PM
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The euro headlight swap is very common. It's a bolt-in installation.
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Old 11-02-2005, 02:21 PM
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The story of this 1983 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SEC (WDBCA43A7DB004934) according to our interpretation of the information reported to CARFAX:
Blue Arrow This coupe has had at least 2 owners. The first title for this coupe was reported to CARFAX by a Nevada DMV in 1994.

07/25/1994 66,956 Nevada
Motor Vehicle Dept.
North Las Vegas, NV
Registration issued or renewed
08/08/1997 110,764 Nevada
Inspection Station
Las Vegas, NV
Passed emissions inspection
09/02/2002 117,887 Nevada
Inspection Station
Henderson, NV
Passed emissions inspection
09/05/2002 Nevada
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Henderson, NV
Title #5893098
Title issued or updated
New owner reported
08/19/2003 124,003 Nevada
Inspection Station
Henderson, NV
Failed emissions inspection
Passed emissions inspection
08/22/2003 Nevada
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Registration issued or renewed
08/18/2004 128,848 Nevada
Inspection Station
Henderson, NV
Passed emissions inspection
08/22/2005 135,214 Nevada
Inspection Station
Henderson, NV
Passed emissions inspection
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Cannot be 100% sure, but as far as I understand, European and rest of the world M.B. cars and most other brands outside the U.S. do NOT have VIN numbers. The cars carry a CHASSIS number and an ENGINE number. One of the two or the two numbers are used in all countries to legally register and ID the cars.

The "Vehicle Identification Number" (VIN) is an exclusive ID provided for the U.S. by local legal regulations.

Hence, if you car is identified with a "VIN...", then it should definitely be a U.S. version car.

Another clue: Mercedes-Benz CHASSIS numbers start with WDB than have six number (example 126 xxx), then have either a "1A" or "0A" and then another six numbers for serial purposes plus two additional last numbers afert that.

Hence, a proper European ID should look on W126 like:

WDB 126xxx 1A xxxxxx xx

No other letters are used at all. Since your VIN has an extra CA and a B, I would assume is also an U.S. VIN.

Non of all the M.B.s I have ever owned imported from Germany came with a VIN number, nor any other M.B. imported here by the local dealer from Europe.
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Cannot be 100% sure, but as far as I understand, European and rest of the world M.B. cars and most other brands outside the U.S. do NOT have VIN numbers. The cars carry a CHASSIS number and an ENGINE number. One of the two or the two numbers are used in all countries to legally register and ID the cars.

The "Vehicle Identification Number" (VIN) is an exclusive ID provided for the U.S. by local legal regulations.

Hence, if you car is identified with a "VIN...", then it should definitely be a U.S. version car.

Another clue: Mercedes-Benz CHASSIS numbers start with WDB than have six number (example 126 xxx), then have either a "1A" or "0A" and then another six numbers for serial purposes plus two additional last numbers afert that.

Hence, a proper European ID should look on W126 like:

WDB 126xxx 1A xxxxxx xx

No other letters are used at all. Since your VIN has an extra CA and a B, I would assume is also an U.S. VIN.

Non of all the M.B.s I have ever owned imported from Germany came with a VIN number, nor any other M.B. imported here by the local dealer from Europe.

Euro and rest of world cars DO have a VIN, you are right in what you call the ID number. But it is a VIN. Just a different VIN to the USA.

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