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I'm nervous that my 280 SE is actually a 280 S.

I just looked up my 280 SE's plates online, and on every location I've checked, it's title is a "280 S" or "280". However the car has fuel injection and no carbs, so I'm certain it's a 280 SE. The thing where I get a bit nervous is that the car had a major restoration in 2005, quite a while before my ownership. The previous owner told me the car was originally white and was later painted lapis-blau, however that was the only new addition to the car.

Is it possible to make a 280 S to 280 SE conversion and is there a way to check if my car has always been a 280 SE?

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If your car's serial begins with "108016" it's an 'S'.
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The first 280S with fuel injection I saw was a 1967 model shown by the Mercedes-Benz dealer in Bitburg Germany in 1970. No idea if this was a dealer mod. Here's hoping someone on the list can tell you for sure if yours is an S or an SE.
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It appears it was originally a 280 S but later converted to a 280 SE, the engine is most likely new (guess trans and drivetrain is new too). Doesn't make an impact on me, but the resell value is probably not as high. I didn't want to sell it anyways, but it's nice that someone cared enough for the car to give it some extra umf!
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Look at it this way, you don't have to fool around with tempermental carbs...Use it and enjoy it....If you wanted to find out more about why and when it was converted do some investigative work and find out who owned it back then and call them......
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Absolutely, I'm 100 % fine with it using fuel injection than carbs, I mean that's the sole reason I bought it. I have the phone numbers all the way back to the person who owned it in 1973 (although that number most likely doesn't work anymore), so calling the guy who made the restoration would be much fun. From the previous owner, I know the restorer took great care of the car, so much that he decided he wanted to give it some extra horsepower through fuel injection.
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assuming it is a engine swap , look at gas tank and fuel pump , it would be obvious there if that was also changed .
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I'm not exactly sure what to look for, even though I want to learn all I can on these old Merc's, time is a bit limited. What am I supposed to look for? And are there anything that I should take more care of? I mean I thought the only difference between the 280 S and 280 SE was the fact that one used carbs and one used fuel injection.
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