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1971 MB 6.3 Steering Wheel

See that attached jpg of a late production run 1971 MB 300SEL 6.3.

Could this steering wheel be correct?

I am used to seeing the traditional black wheel, chrome horn ring and black center pad with logo.
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I don't think that wheel was introduced until 1973. I could be wrong. In later 1973, that style wheel replaced the early r107 (1971-1972) padded wheel which had plastic ribbed horn buttons surrounded in tiny chrome trim. I think the w114/115 cars went straight from the antique style w108/w113 style wheel to this fully padded one in about 1973. I think the full padded wheel was used from about 1973-1978/79 on most MB. I think around 1978 MB switched to a larger spline.

So... That wheel doesn't seem right to me. Even my 1973 280se 4.5 has the older style wheel. Maybe the 6.3 was a little ahead of its time? You can always switch the wheel . No big deal.

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No, it's not correct, but it feels a lot better in your hand than the correct one, so....
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Thanks for the information..!
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Our 73 280 sedan had the antique style wheel in white with a column shift automatic transmission. Dealer told me both could be ordered as options. Don

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Perhaps the dealer meant both colors could be ordered, which is accurate?

I agree with the above--we must sometimes make sacrifices for style
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I had asked the dealer about both the white steering wheel and column shifter, as I had only ever seen 1 other like it. He said the Ivory steering wheel and the column shift were options that could be ordered on the 73 280. Ours also had a blue leather interior vs most W114's I saw had MBTex, the newer style wheel and a floor shifter for the automatic transmission. Don

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The original black steering wheel is NLA. If you order one you will get the newer one pictured above which is the correct replacement part although not period correct. I believe the white one maybe still avaliable.
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Here's a white one, a little salty STEERING WHEEL IVORY FOR MERCEDES BENZ COLOR W108 W109 W111 W113

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