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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-19-2009, 11:25 AM
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The deciding factor could be the year of your car, you say1970/71. 1972 US emissions regs. changed drastically and most makers saw big horsepower drops due to lowering of compression ratios in order to comply with US EPA regs coming into effect for that year. Being that yours is a 3.5 they are most likly all the same spec, as Mercedes answer for that period 1971-1972 was the intro to the US market of the 4.5 to make up strictly for lost HP due to US EPA rules.

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111.026 was two years only - 1970 and 1971, and 71 was the last year of the 3.5 in the US. Then US 1972 V8s were 4.5 (or 6.3).
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I believe the W111026 came out in Europe in 1969.
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1969 280SE 3.5? Doesn't sound right. I think when people say it came out in 1969 they're referring to the 1969 calender year.
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According to Wikipedia it came out in August 1969, so it may be referenced as a 1970 model.
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