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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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600 Grosser - Burl wood Walnut Instrument Cowel


Does anyone know why some M-B 600 W100 cars have full walnut instrument cowels and some don't?!

Was it not standard equipment?

Some 330 M-B have them too

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 11:07 AM
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Silly US DOT rules for crash worthiness. My '66 300SE CAB has the wood binnacle but
years '67 and newer have the padded binnacle.

I've seen '67 and newer EuroSpec cars with wood bun US cars all seem to have padding.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-31-2014, 12:37 PM
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It all started in 1967/68 with the W111 coupe/cabrio and of course the mighty 600. Reason was, as already mentioned, US safety regulations. To be honest, I have a hard time to figure out, how the driver's head can hit it, because there is the huge steering wheel in front of it to prevent him from doing so.

It affected all cars produced, not only for the US, but for all other markets too. The reason, why you see occasionally newer cars equipped with wood is because their owners have opted to switch them back.

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The 600 received a minor mid-cycle upgrade in 1969 which included a leather instrument bin, removal of the self-closing doors, larger painted center wheel caps, modified A/C and controls, and an additional pleat for the front seat pattern. The switch from wood to leather may have been a safety issue as well as a maintenance one as the wood tends to dry, deforming and delaminating from its complex formed round shape.

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Some silly regulation just like that of the mandatory sealed beams for U.S ,glad done away with!
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