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Date registered: Oct 2002
Vehicle: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb
Location: Los Angeles / Altadena
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W108 models have steel springs.
The 6.3 has airsuspension and therefore it is a W109 : Vin 109.018-12-00xxxx for LHD and 109-018-22-00xxxx for RHD
The 6.9 : Vin 116.036-12-00xxxx for LHD and for a RHD 116.036-22-00xxxx
Yes and no...
Yes to a 6.3 starting with 109.018
Yes to a 6.9 starting with 116.036
No for searching for cars by VIN, at least for a 6.9. VIN format changed to something like: WDBAB30AXBB245872 (which is a 123.130 = 300D). So while you will find 116036 somewhere on the car it may or may not be part of the VIN. On earlier cars you have the problem that before the standardization of VINs to the long format like the 300D, cars were registered and titled with all sorts of incorrect VINs. My 1967 250S had (according to DMV) the vin 06889250S (or something like that) which was made up with the last 5 digits of the REAL VIN and the model, 250S. The point being that lots of old cars have VINs in the DMV and on the title that are not going to accurately reflect the model of the car.
How do you intend to search for vehicles by VIN anyway? Or is it that when you see one you want to know if it is "original".... I don't think people are swapping M100 engines into W109 and W116 bodies...
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, ...