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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-22-2010, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
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should i take them off?

hey there

i have a 3.5 coupe and have posted pics on here a while back, there is a thing thats kinda bothering me and im not sure if i should take it off

it has (like alot of cars ) the after market chrome on the wheel arches and i like all things to be stock

should i take them off? and i know i have to fill in the spots were the screws were, is this a problem or maybe even a problem that may happend in a few years?

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Hell no, keep them on! I think they add a nice touch to the car!
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What do you think?

"Eyebrows" are a common after market add-on, and if they are tastefully done they don't take a lot away from the pure style of the car. It's one of those few pieces of chrome that don't seem to set off the purists.

On the other hand, if you want the car original, they got to go.

IMO they don't add much and if there is any other chrome added, the car quickly gets looking like a tart. That's my opinion, and I don't own the car. She is yours, so you get to play however you like.

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Hi,

I think you should take them off.

IMHO they are ugly and make your beautiful car look cheap.
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Hi,

I think you should take them off.

IMHO they are ugly and make your beautiful car look cheap.
My thoughts exactly. Get rid of them.

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They may have been an option, but I agree, on a late coupe they should go as well as the side deflectors which in my view spoil the profile of these cars. On a late flat grill coupe you may also consider Bundt alloy wheels, they were very common and original equipment in option. Very beautiful car in any case.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-23-2010, 04:08 AM
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chrome arches were optional up to 67 models, after that Mercedes didn't supply them originally anymore (AFAIK)
But just see how many 114,115,116,123 and also 124 and 126 that have them !!
I don't like them either, but not because of the look, but on the fact that they in 99% of the cases ruin the wheel-arches with holes and then rust..
W140's with chrome-arches are bu**-ugly then..

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I think they add a nice ultra high end look to the coupes,, They came on my 1963 220 SE
W111 coupe... which was 904 Midnight Blue,,,and they looked great, and they were a option and if you look at W100 600 Limos, they almost all had them from the factory,, Mercedes saved these for there Flagship models. Dont know what color your car is, but IMHO they dont look so good on white and other light color cars...but look sweet on dark colors blue black etc...

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The wheel arch chrome was standard on the following cars - 300SE coupes and convertibles ('62-'67), 300Sc ('54-'58), 220S/SE coupes and convertibles ('56 - '60) and all 600's. If it was offered as an option on anything else, then it was offered as a dealer installed option and was in essence an aftermarket product that just happened to be done at the dealer. It was not a factory option.

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I heared of some W111 250 Coupes sold on the American market that were equipped with all the W112 300 Coupes chrome trim and also tinted glasses as an option. I don't know how true this is. I saw one and the car seemed to be original and not retrofitted.
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