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Stroke Eights in USA
I think I remember stumbling on an old link which referenced all Mercedes-Benz models in all generations (as sold in North America, and only in North America), but I forget where (or what) it is now. Could anyone here please help me?
Also, could anyone please help me with this other question: what were all of the "Stroke Eight" models sold here (in North America)?
Initially, there were models such as the 220/8, 220D/8, 230/8 (230.6) and 250/8. The 230/8 and 250/8 used the W114 frame while both of the 220s assumed the W115 frame. I believe the models' North American introduction was around April 1968 if the European rollout was that January. In 1972 the 250/8 was replaced by the 280.
The "/8" designator was probably only used in the 1968 model year to avoid ambiguity with the fintailed W110 series models still being produced that year, but that I don't think it continued for 1969.
For 1974, the 220 gasoline model was replaced by the 230.4 (so named as to avoid ambiguity with the 230.6) and its diesel 220D equivalent was replaced by the 240D. In '75, the 240D was joined by the 300D (known outside North America as the "240D 3.0"), which is essentially just the 240D's engine with another cylinder tacked on. The 300D was not available with a manual transmission.
Although European production of the Stroke Eights would have ended in December 1976 (the replacement W123 series showed up there that January), I believe North American sales ended in September 1976.
Last edited by MercedesFan1981; 09-21-2010 at 10:32 AM.