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I hope I don't get too many Mercedes boys upset and believe me, I like my original 190e as much as anybody but I really hate the US headlights and im also not that big on the euro ones. But im a sucker for the 300D headlights would it be possible to switch em out.

maybe with a bit of sanding? 馃尩
 

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I don't think it will fit without major modifications.
 

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The profiles are entirely different. While the headlights on the 123 are almost perfectly upright, the headlights on the 201 lean inward to flow better with the design of the car.

I'm sure it can be done with some welding/fiberglass custom work. In fact, they may be a bit taller too, so you'll have to remove the valence pieces to get some clearance, maybe cut into the top of the bumper.

Why not looking at grafting the entire front end of a 123 to the 190? The grille on the 201 hood wouldn't necessarily cover the headlights either, so you'll need to modify that or it will really look out of place.

You'll still have an original, and unique car in the end.
 

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  1. The profiles are entirely different. While the headlights on the 123 are almost perfectly upright, the headlights on the 201 lean inward to flow better with the design of the car.

    I'm sure it can be done with some welding/fiberglass custom work. In fact, they may be a bit taller too, so you'll have to remove the valence pieces to get some clearance, maybe cut into the top of the bumper.

    Why not looking at grafting the entire front end of a 123 to the 190? The grille on the 201 hood wouldn't necessarily cover the headlights either, so you'll need to modify that or it will really look out of place.

    You'll still have an original, and unique car in the end.
  2. Thanks for the advice big man I'll probably have to come up with some custome fits for it. But what do you mean grafting the entire front end?
 

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  1. Thanks for the advice big man I'll probably have to come up with some custome fits for it. But what do you mean grafting the entire front end?
What I mean is taking the hood, fenders, and front bumper of the 123 and replacing everything on the 190E from the doors forward. Given that the 190E is a little narrower than the 123, you'll probably need to trim the 123 hood in on the sides, otherwise you'll end up with a widebody look up front.

The body lines won't really match, either, but who's really looking?

To give you an idea, here's a 124 E-Class with the front end from the succeeding W210 E-Class:
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Not really my cup of tea, but someone put some work into it.
 

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That actually doesn't look too bad. You could probably get a quality aftermarket sealed projector unit to toss in for the headlights.
 

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I have to admit that looks pretty interesting/good with a black car.
It has a certain charm to it.
Not sure how it would look on any other color though....
 

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Same here. I thought about how they'd look either color-matched or left black on other colors and it's making my brain hurt. If Morette was really 'bout it they would have made them look like legit 123 headlight doors with the grille slats.

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