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86560SEL 03-27-2004 09:25 PM

500SEL made in 1982???
I have been under the impression that the 500SEL was made in the USA from 1983-1985, or from 1984-1985. There is a local 1982 Mercedes, with a "500SEL" badge on the trunk. It only registers 85mph, which is normal for a USA 1982 Mercedes. It is a USA model, as far as I know. It has the MPH speedmoter. The car is in good condition, with 194K. They are asking $3000 nego for it. I think it is more like a $2000 car. I am a little interested in it, but that 500SEL on a 1982 has me concerned. Does anyone know if a 500SEL was indeed made for 1982? Perhaps the trunk lid was replaced a long time ago, or perhaps someone preferred the 500 badge. The paint looks original, so I do not think that the trunk has even been changed. Any information??

william rogers 03-27-2004 09:52 PM

Maybe it's a Euro car check the vin number on the drivers side winshield post if it starts with WDB 126 then it's Euro.I belive they brought out the 126 in Europe(1980 280SE ) a year erarlier than the American counterpart.If it's a Euro car it will have more HP.........

William Rogers.........

86560SEL 03-28-2004 12:06 AM

Thanks for the reply William. Doesn't the Euro cars have the smaller bumpers? This one has the large bumpers. It does look exactly like a USA 380SEL and 500SEL. I am guessing that it is a 1982 380SEL and someone has changed out the badge on the trunk. I will check that VIN though to see what it says.

olpos 03-28-2004 11:37 AM

almost bought a 82 500sel this year,and it did look like the american version. but had the euro id number. it was a 5.0 motor.
so there are some that look americanized.
did not buy because the euro parts cost more. such as radiator

william rogers 03-28-2004 01:13 PM

My 86 Euro 500Se (with Euro 420 engine) has Euro bumpers American headlights MPH speedo all controls in German outside temp in C ,but also has leather and all power accessories it was brought into the country by an Air Force General I bought it from the second owner he had had the 420 engine put in it and the papers from the shop in Ca showed it was a 500 Engine,buyer beware.

At first I was real Pissed when I did a cover off timing chain and found it was a 420 Euro engine instesd of a 500( I should have checked the engine number as I was only familar with the deisels at that time ) ,but after two years of driving I love the 420 it has more than enough power and I am getting 20 + MPG in overal driving of which most is on curvey MT.roads.I rebuilt the front end plus new rotors tires etc and it is about the finest handling car I have ever driven,also parts have never been a problem I get everything from FastLane ..........

William Rogers..........

74 240D
86 Euro 500SE
81 2wd Blazer 454 conversion

86560SEL 03-28-2004 05:29 PM

Thanks for the replies. I stopped and looked at the car again today. The VIN is as follows "WDB CA". It does not have 126 after that. I did not look at the cruise lever, as I read this after I stopped again. Thanks again.

stevebfl 03-28-2004 06:56 PM

Well if you had given two more digets the car would have been identified.

86560SEL 03-29-2004 09:00 PM


Originally posted by stevebfl
Well if you had given two more digets the car would have been identified.

Oh, I did not realize that. According to the second reply, it did not state that. I think I will pass on this car anyway, because I think that $3000 is steep for a 1982- in this condition, with 194K, considering I can buy a 1986 560SEL with 188K for $3000.

Thanks again.

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