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Old 01-26-2007, 06:51 PM
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Question Can you decode this Chassis plate

This is under the hood . 432 491 508
109015 12 7
4 21887 00215

These numbers are on drivers side doorplate
300 SEL
2140 4720
1030 2270
1110 2450

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Old 01-26-2007, 07:38 PM
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These are options: 432 491 508
Basic model info + dealership car delivered to: 109015 12 7
Internal position on production line: 4 21887 00215

Car's chassis number: 109015-12-001655
Car's model designation: 300 SEL
The rest are various weights.

This was the first 300sel from 1965. Conceptually, it's a cool car.
You have to really like an M189 though. Some people like them and some don't.

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Old 01-26-2007, 07:56 PM
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:58 PM
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508 Outside rearview mirror
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Old 01-29-2007, 12:19 AM
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The M189 is a radical motor with almost 200hp, but they have issues.

I turned down a 1965 300 twenty years ago because my tech told me that the were a bear to work on, and it should be a coupe or cabrio if you are going to have those kind of headaches. I bought a '71 300SEL instead, but I always missed how well balanced the six cylinder car was. Even with air suspension, imho, the v8 W109 cars feel nose heavy to me in comparison.
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