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Old 08-30-2005, 12:18 AM
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Ebay 3.5 Cab is it real?

Its item number 4571746095
Ebay 3.5 Cab?

The serial number for this car is 11102412005009. I thought that 111-024 was a SN for a 6cyl coupe? My 6-cyl cab is a 111-025. If it was a coupe conversion I couldn't tell from the pics, the part I look for is the gap between the trunk lid and the chrome trim around the base of the top. Or is this the ultra rare double conversion, a 6 to V8 conversion as well as an Coupe to Cab conversion?

Since its looks like a Euro car, I don't know if the stuff I see on the dash is Euro specific or from a early car. For example, the AC looks like its from the pre-70's w111's, the hazard switch is in a location I don't recognize and it looks like the front doors were retrofitted with power windows as there are little trim pieces in the door where the cranks would have been.

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Old 08-30-2005, 06:02 AM
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111.024 is a 6 cylinder coupe 111.027 is a 3.5 V8 convertible.
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Old 08-30-2005, 09:36 AM
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Made up car!

The 111024 serial number cannot lie - this is a conversion! It is also quite a phonybaloney conversion, cleverly and deviously disguised.

The seller took a late 11024 coupe with the low grille and inserted a 3.5 L engine (it has the correct low grill and the incorrect V8 engine). It's impossible to tell whether the A pillar/w/s frame is the correct reinforced, thick one for a cabriolet, because of a lack of photographs that would show this to be the case or not.

The A/C looks like it came from a 108 or 109 sedan, but the rest of the dash is genuine 111.

Another clue is the PW for the front only! This is typical of a low-optioned 111 280SE coupe. True cabs have either PW or manual windows - not a hybrid mix. The trunk springs do suggest a genuine cab but where are the series of vent openings on the top back of the trunk frame?

Bottom line -somebody did a lot of work in creating this faux cabriolet, but it's a pretty, clean vehicle so the high bidder may end up happy after all.
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