Originally Posted by HITWTOM
??? My 300CD doesn't have 4 doors, but it's a W123
Obviously you have to complain about two missing doors at the next service
This W/S/C/R etc. code usage seems strange in the sense that is is very frequently used but the official MB technical documentation does not make use of it (where I have seen, EPC, WIS etc.) and it is neither intended for marketing/commercial use. Although I've seen like price lists where the dealers clarify with body the list applies e.g. when a body change is approaching (recently w204 versus W203).
Even the model guide of this forum does not make use of the W/S etc. codes. The only unambiguous notation is the 6 letter type/model code, like 221.112. Now this makes it difficult for me to figure out where a 124 car would be a W124, S124 or C124, except perhaps if I can find a figure showing how the car looks.
Even the numerical notation seems confusing but looks like they are getting more organized with that one, 221.1xx means LWB (officially V instead of W, but W221 is still normally used for both types), 211.2xx is a station wagon.
Perhaps the mystery is intentional from MB, owners get caught hunting detailed information about the brand...