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Date registered: Oct 2002
Vehicle: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb
Location: Los Angeles / Altadena
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Anyway... A W114 with the 280C/CE branding *should always* be M110-powered.
Agreed. My understanding is that all 250C cars in the United States are 2.8 M130, and that all 280C cars are M110. Fuel injected 250CE cars were in Canada and they were M130 with the funky kind of injection like in the early 4.5 V8s, and M110 fuel injection was just like any other M110 fuel injection.
From an appearance standpoint, I prefer the 250C interior trim. If I were to stick an engine in the car, a FI M110 would be nicer. Having said that, I'm not sure you can fit the M110 engine into an earlier 114 coupe body - something about diagonal supports being different to accomodate the different engine shape. I'm sure it could be worked around, but it's easier to do it with a body that came with a M110 engine.
Back to "which is better". I thought my M130 with twin webers that I had in my 250 S (W108 with engine transplant) was much quicker than the M130 in my 114C (which was in good tune). But the M110 in the 1980 euro 280CE was faster than either of them.
Currently: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb, 1965 300SE Lang, 1971 280SE parts car, 1972 Alfa GTV, 1965 Alfa Duetto, 1993 BMW R100R
Past: 1971 250 C, 1985 300 TD, 1967 250 S, 1968 280 S,1981 300 D, 1982 280CE, 3 Facel Vegas, Borgward Isabella Coupe, Alfa 2600 Sprint, Volvo P1900 (yes), numerous less interesting Volvos, ...