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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-07-2009, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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VIN-decoding and engine number for 1975 450SL

I just bought a nice 450 SL, manufacturing date is 12/1974. Currently I am struggeling with the location of the engine number (according to the manual it should be somewhere on the left back side of the engine block close to the transmission, but the area is so crowded that I can't see anything, not even with a small mirror...). Unfortunately I do not have the data card that came with the car and so I would appreciate someones help. Either the VIN will give some expert the information or someone could send me a picture of the engine block with the exact position of the engine number to make it easier to look at the right spot!
The VIN-decoding would of course be more interesting. There is some Russian page that does this for free, but only for cars manufactured 1980+. Is there someone who could decode the following VIN for me:
(WDB) 10704412024183
I would really appreciate it!

Thanks for any help, Ralph
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The car is too old for the VIN decoders, your engine number is at the top of your block, facing the firewall. You'll need a rag, solvent, a flashlight and a mirror.

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Originally Posted by spindoc+or View Post
(WDB) 10704412024183
This is just a general decode.. As the older models had an extra sign for the extra equipment and colors on the car..

107 = SL model from 1971 to 1989

044 = Type of SL, in this case a 450 V8
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12 = Automatic gearbox

024183 = Serial number from production..

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