vin ??? , a 300 seb is a 108 015 car with a 189 989 engine 65 to 67 a 300 sel is same car with air suspension [ you dont want that ] , and longer at rear doors . always put a complete VIN number with such question .
Quite correct. (However w109 015 /300SEL would be engine number 189 988 1x 00xxxx)
My cars are W111's coupes. No sedans here.. And I am also aware that the 300SE coupe (W111) also has air ride sus. The Engine type number is M189 - VIII and the entire engine number is M189-989-10-000861.
I think I discovered the mistake... When I called the dealership the number I gave him ended wth a 00068"4" and after checking while writing this post it is 00086"1"
I am still going to contact Tom Hanson at the Classic Centre like Drew suggested.
I don't know what 'rep' at what dealership told you that, but unless the technician
(don't even bother with service writers) is close to retirement they don't know didley about thee old cars.
The engine you have in the 250SE coupe originally came from a 300SEb (W108 015 chassis without air suspension, and looks to have been a manual transmission) as agillot already mentioned.
The important part being the engine number:
189 989 10 000681 an easy swap in the sense that both car had NO
Of cour.se the outside chance exists that somebody with lots of money convinced Mercedes to put in a m189 engine upon ordering.
From what I ever heard in 30+ years is, that that would have happened after the car got finished and then would have had the engine swap.
The data-card should have the original engine number on it.
If your car would have had air suspension Mercedes would have sold 'him' a 300 Coupé
I have heard of a w109 015 test car that had a V8 (3.5L) installed for the initial V8 testing purposes.
That datacard showed the original factory 3.0 engine installed and their (MB) archives revealed no other info.
However, the changes were done by the testing department at Mercedes and only
marked in the original Mercedes "Fahrzeug brief" the German Title with all the technical specs and alterations while in Germany.
Luckily the next owner had the presence of mind to keep a copy of that.
just my expe.rience.