That's easy. The reason is that the front lip of the center console wood is broken. Only a couple days ago I posted the link to an earlier "how-to" repair this break. You can find out how right here
While you are in there fixing your broken wood, you can take the few extra seconds to replace the shifter bulb conveniently hidden in the front left corner of the shift gate. I have yet to find a chrome surround that fits right, still looking though.
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72
'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis
2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel
Non illegitemae carborundum.