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Someone slammed into my 1973 280 rear the other night denting the bumper. Anyone if it can be bent back and if not if bumper from Coupe would work as replacement?
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I think coupe bumpers are longer on the sides but I could be wrong.
 

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Not sure about the '73 as it was a "one off" year. My '72 coupe is different from my '74 coupe . The '74 has the "5-MPH" bumpers and the '72 was a long single bar style which, as Scoot mentioned, is longer on the sides.

The rear mounting is the same for the '72 & '73 so you might be able to make it work.

I know the '72 coupe's side attachment is different than the sedan. It has a mount which attaches through the body and I don't remember my '73 280 having that mount.It's been a few years since I've had my 280 so I could be mistaken.
 

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Anyway to tell from those pictures of my car if a coupe bumper will work?
I’m pretty confident that that sedan has the cooler coupe rear bumper.

If you are going after insurance money, I’d go get a quote from a MB dealer website and take whatever you can in cash from insurance. Then I’d do what I could to fix the bumper on your car, using the money to pay for labor to fix it while searching for a suitable used coupe bumper. A sedan bumper should bolt on, but only wraps around the side a few inches.

I would thing that any euro w114 coupe bumper would work, but the US cars starting in 1974 got big bumpers. The car was also redesigned in 1974 with different tail lights and doors.

The 1973 w114 is different because it got the m110 motor and doesn’t have the diagonal supports that get in the way in the engine bay. Supposedly the firewall is reinforced in other ways. This factor makes the 1973 w114 the only w114/115 I’d ever consider buying (again) because it would be so relatively easy to put a manual transmission m110 setup into one. Sure, it’s OT, but THIS is what makes the 1973 year a one-off in my opinion, having nothing at all to do with the rear bumper.

I think the vertical pieces on the bumper are a US / North America thing, and a euro bumper might not have those. I think you could drill a hole in the rubber and mount them if you wanted though, certainly not something I’d recommend. Just sayin’ :)


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