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To complicate matters, the S could mean "super" or "sport" I believe. Further, I think the L could be either "lichte/light" or "lange/long." In the old days E stood for "einspritz/fuel injection," so an SEL was SuperEinspritzLange, because it was the long wheel base model. SL's & CL's certainly aren't "light!" But CLK's & SLK's are "short!" I don't doubt your interpretation of E's & C's, but I'll bet you'd never in a million years get an M-B exec to say they sold a "compact" car. Then throw in the fact that the engine size isn't always accurately reflected by the number next to the letter combination...ach du lieber!!!
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Last edited by Peteski; 05-02-2008 at 03:04 PM.