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W115 Limo in LA Craigslist

No affiliation, I saw this while surfing for something else. It says factory limo. This would be cool if I can get someone to drive me around and I sit in the back

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Original rare factory model. 300 turbo diesel platform. Exterior clean and straight. Interior needs restoration, Runs Well
Unable to complete restoration due to health. Great appreciating project or addition to collection. 160k miles
Call or text (310) 989-7579 Sean
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I don't think this is the factory model. The factory Long model had the rear doors in the middle. Engine is of course not original.
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I don't think this is the factory model. The factory Long model had the rear doors in the middle. Engine is of course not original.
I was curious about that, it would have 4-doors then a smaller space with a window behind the rear doors correct, like "formal" limousines rather than stretch? I'd bet on close examination you could find evidence that this was a 6-door car at some point, maybe hinges but handles removed, either for airport or funeral duty.

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I don't think this is the factory model. The factory Long model had the rear doors in the middle. Engine is of course not original.
You're right. It should look like this.
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I was curious about that, it would have 4-doors then a smaller space with a window behind the rear doors correct, like "formal" limousines rather than stretch? I'd bet on close examination you could find evidence that this was a 6-door car at some point, maybe hinges but handles removed, either for airport or funeral duty.
MB didn't make six-door versions, but they did sell chassis so that body-works companies could make special versions (ambulances, funeral cars, police cars etc). There was a Dutch company called Boonacker which made six-door versions of the W123, but I don't know if they did that for the W115 too. The six-door version of Boonacker was made by cutting a normal W123 in half and putting some extra metal in the middle.



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A VIN would tell us what this car originally was - chassis or sedan chopped up... I kindof want to go look at it...

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Curious to know what you find out

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I have heard back from the owner. The vin is 115114 12 xxxxxx. That means it left MB as a 240D 3.0 / 300D standard wheelbase sedan. Not as a LWB, and not as a chassis. I broke the news to the seller in a text message. The car is still interesting, but not authentic in any way that I can imagine. I would like to know who did the conversion, and when. I still might go look at it...
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Most if not all (by law perhaps) coachbuilders have their own labels attached under hood or door frame. Fun mystery, interesting to see it unravel.

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Most if not all (by law perhaps) coachbuilders have their own labels attached under hood or door frame. Fun mystery, interesting to see it unravel.
I fear that it wasn't fun for the owner when I told him that his VIN indicated that he had a standard wheelbase sedan when it left the factory. Perhaps he purchased it from previous owner with less than full disclosure. I would like to go see the car. I like it.

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