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Old 06-24-2020, 11:02 PM
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W126 1st Gen Euro bumpers on a 2nd Gen US W126

Hi Folks I have a question about W126 bumpers.

I own a 2nd gen US model W126 (300SE) with the big US bumpers. In the future I would like to upgrade to Euro bumpers.

I only see 1st gen euro bumpers for sale and I prefer the look of the 1st gen Euro bumpers anyway.

Are they going to just bolt in to a 2nd gen car?

Is there a difference between the short and long wheelbase bumpers/rear bodywork?

What about the door cladding? Is it going to look weird or can I swap in the 1st gen cladding easily as well?

1990 300SE (Daily driver)
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Old 06-24-2020, 11:48 PM
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The rear bumper is definitely different between short and long wheelbase. I believe the front is the same. Lower cladding is also different. LWB cars have a physically longer rear door than the SWB.

Since you have a 300SE, you have a SWB, and should have an easier time finding parts from grey imports. That back door was more or less shut down ~1985 or so, so Gen II Euros will be really tough to find without resorting to importing parts.

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