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Bought this 420SEL off of Craig's List; I haven't taken photos yet, but here are two of the seller's photo's... $4,700 with 61k miles from the original owner. I have ordered new wheels and tires, along with a new grille assembly and headlight surrounds due to a few small dings from stones.




 

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Nice. I own a 1987 as well. Are you certain that is a 1987? I thought they all had silver on the lower body panel. Wasn't it 1989 when they changed to all body-colored?
 

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Nice. I own a 1987 as well. Are you certain that is a 1987? I thought they all had silver on the lower body panel. Wasn't it 1989 when they changed to all body-colored?
No.

The lower boddy cladding was a different color, in many cases gray, from 1986-1991 for the 2nd generation W126ers.

Some people enjoyed painting the bumpers, lower cladding, mirror backs and door handles body color for a nice monochromatic look. My car has that
 

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Nice. I own a 1987 as well. Are you certain that is a 1987? I thought they all had silver on the lower body panel. Wasn't it 1989 when they changed to all body-colored?
It is a 1987 model, built in July of 1986. No cladding, maybe due to the early production run. I thought that maybe there was no cladding due to being a 420SEL and not a 560SEL; can someone tell me model-wise cladding vs. no cladding?

Thank you,
 

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1987 560 sec impala metalflake over cream
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Nice. I own a 1987 as well. Are you certain that is a 1987? I thought they all had silver on the lower body panel. Wasn't it 1989 when they changed to all body-colored?
iv got an 87 sec same impala color & clading is also same color! im doing some painting on bumper, & took the paint down till i found original sir.# sticker which means the paint under it is factory? definatly same color as body
 

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The way I have been keeping track of orginal paint is through the pin stripe on the car. design and location specifically. I can tell the difference between the original and the added one after a repaint. I know some were removed due to waxing, etc.

Did all of these cars come with a pin stripe?
 

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The way I have been keeping track of orginal paint is through the pin stripe on the car. design and location specifically. I can tell the difference between the original and the added one after a repaint. I know some were removed due to waxing, etc.

Did all of these cars come with a pin stripe?
No they didn't.

But they were a Mercedes Benz "dealer installed" option if you wanted it at the time the cars were sold new.
 

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oh ok, cool cascade, thanks! besides color differentiation and differences in paint texture under the hood corners, paint depth, painted mirrors, painted door handles, etc. how can you tell if a car has been repainted
 
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