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Old 01-12-2009, 11:14 AM
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Interior Color? Early Euro R107

Hey Guys,

I've been sorting the interior on my euro '72 350SL and had a question:

My build sheet (from MB Classics) lists my interior color as "265 - grey beige leather". Image of interior is attached below. I've been around vintage MBs since before I could lift a wrench & I've heard a lot of interior colors called a lot of things, but I've never heard "grey beige" used.

Is there another term for this color in the US? Or is it just a rather rare color?

(The other odd thing is that the seats are definitely MB tex. Color & patina match the rest of the interior, but they obviously could have been replaced any time over the last 37yrs.)

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Someone has obviously reupholstered the seats with MB tex. MB tex codes start with a 1 rather than a 2. 265 is leather and now called creme beige, parchment, or mushroom/champignon depending on the model and market.
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So are creme beige, parchment, & mushroom/champagne all the same factory color, just different names? Or are they all actually different shades?
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I think they are all pretty much the same color, although I've seen E-class creme beige next to S-class parchment, both 265s, that had a little color variation between them. Champignon is not champagne but actually the German word for mushroom.
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I've noticed that age & material can often have a large effect on color in a single original interior, as well.

A friend had an early 70's SL w/ an all original Red interior and it was at least four shades of red/pink 30-some-odd years later. That's one of the reasons I wanted to narrow it down a bit & increase the odds of all the bits matching.

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