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Old 06-30-2019, 01:30 AM
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Question 560SEL - Location of Fanfare Horns

Original owner removed the "fanfare" horns from my ‘91 560SEL -- cutting, taping-up, and leaving the connecting wires secured near the suspension fluid reservoir. (The wiring must also have been further modified, since toggling the interior horn-select switch has no effect: in either position, the remaining radiator-mounted horns sound.)

I'd like to get this distinctive if quirky dual-tone feature of the car working again by replacing and re-wiring the missing parts. But... exactly how and where on the frame are the fanfare horns supposed to be positioned? I can't find correct placement info/instructions in either the service manual or online, and the wiring schematic only references that the horns go somewhere to the left behind the front bumper.

I'm hoping another 560SEL owner will have a look and provide greater detail (a picture would be great) as to how and where the stock fanfare horns are intended to be mounted and positioned on the car's frame.
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Old 07-02-2019, 02:49 PM
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I have attached a link to some of photos of a '91 560SEL that was for sale on Bring-A-Trailer. Photo 114 & 115 show the mounting of the "Country" horns. Hope this helps.https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1991-mercedes-benz-560sel-6/
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Old 07-05-2019, 04:34 PM
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Thanks so much... Those photos were EXACTLY what I was after! I just looked under my car and now clearly see the mounting holes where the horns attach.

Additional reading indicates DOT may have required removal of these secondary horns when my (gray-market) vehicle was brought into the US years ago--at least that's what another poster claims occurred with his gray-market 560. (Seems rather odd, since both sets of horns were stock on the US version.)

Anyway, restoring things properly shouldn't be too hard now, thanks to your help...

Much appreciated!
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