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i just looked at a 1978 mb and all the identifying information was missing from it. there was nothing on the inside of the door by the latch and the numbers were missing from the trunk. i think it was purchased in germany and brought over to the US because the first-aid kit is all in german. but i'm having no luck figuring out exactly what it is. i don't even know if that's possible without more information. any help would be appreciated.
 

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I am assumming that you have ascertained that the vehicle you are looking...


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I am assumming that you have ascertained that the vehicle you are looking at is not a diesel. Being as you have stated that it appears as though it is a Euro-spec car, here is what you can do. First, look under the hood and count the cylinders. If there are 6, you only have to possibilities: 250 or 280. It is real easy to tell those two apart withot resorting to complex chassis and engine numbers. The 250 engine is a single-cam and the spark plugs are on the SIDE of the engine. The 280 is a twin-cam and spark plugs are on TOP. That's it!

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so if it's a 280

is there any way of determining what combination of letters might follow the 280? se, s, ce, etc?
 

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Here´s a list of all W123-models taken from a Norwegian site (The layout is not ver...


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Here´s a list of all W123-models taken from a Norwegian site (The layout is not very good here):

Tekniske data

Modell Produsert Modell Produsert
W123 sedan S123 T-modell
200 D 02/1976-04/1985 240 TD 05/1978-01/1986
220 D 02/1976-03/1979 300 TD 05/1978-01/1986
240 D 02/1976-11/1985 300 TD Turbodiesel 10/1980-01/1986
300 D 02/1976-11/1985 200 T 11/1980-01/1986
300 D Turbodiesel 08/1981-08/1985 230 T 05/1978-04/1980
200 02/1976-08/1980 230 TE 04/1980-01/1986
200 (M 102) 08/1980-11/1985 250 T 05/1978-08/1982
230 02/1976-08/1980 280 TE 05/1978-01/1986
230 E 07/1980-11/1985
250 04/1976-12/1985 C123 Coupé
280 12/1975-07/1981 230 C 06/1977-06/1980
280 E 12/1975-12/1985 230 CE 04/1980-08/1985
240 D Lang 09/1977-11/1985 280 C 04/1977-03/1980
300 D Lang 09/1977-11/1985 280 CE 04/1977-08/1985
250 Lang 09/1977-12/1985 300 CD 09/1977-08/1981
300 CD Turbodiesel 07/1981-08/1985


The site adress: www.mercefreaken.com

The "c" stands for coupe (2-doors). The "E" for einspritzung (injection) If there´s a "S" it´s not a W123 but maybe a W126
 

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If theres no VIN#'s I'd say its a bit too shady to even consider buying it...

If theres no VIN#'s I'd say its a bit too shady to even consider buying it
 

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Vin number

have you checked to see if the stamped in VIN number is there on the bulk head.

It will be just below the seal on the passenger side.

If that has been ground away, it's probably stolen.
 
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