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To my knowledge the 140 only came in either in zebrano, burlwood, or birds eye maple. Did the W140 ever come in walnut wood interior? If so, anyone got pics for comparison?

Im trying to match interior finishes and i was told there was a walnut option.
 

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I'm pretty sure the "burlwood" is really burled walnut, but I may be wrong.
 

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Burlwood is a generic term. A burl is a wart-like growth from the trunk or limb of a tree caused by a viral infection of the sap wood. They can grow very large, big enough to cut into slices and make table tops. They can be cut from the tree without harming it.

When sliced to make a veneer they have a characteristic swirl pattern. Once stained it can be hard to pick the type of tree. Walnut is popular, but makers use the term burlwood as a way of getting around things so they can use any type depending on supply.

The term 'burled' is incorrect, as it sounds like there is some sort of process to 'burl' wood. But it gets used a lot. The brownish coloured burl in the W140 would probably be referred to as walnut.
 

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I'm pretty sure the "burlwood" is really burled walnut.
ding ding ding!

Like previously mentioned, burlwood is a generic term. From my W140 brochures, its officially called burl walnut.

Even other manufacturers with the same type of wood call it burl walnut.

I guess "burl walnut" is just not as catchy as "burlwood" :D
 

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does anyone have pics of the birds eye maple in a w140 its not something ive ever seen here in the uk and ive looked at many of them.
would be interested to see how it looks
 

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How does this wood factor in, and the wood on the 1999 S500 Grand Edition?

Otherwise, did Designo ever work their precious stone magic on the 140's?
 

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does anyone have pics of the birds eye maple in a w140 its not something ive ever seen here in the uk and ive looked at many of them.
would be interested to see how it looks
Hi Silverw140,

I posted some pics here:

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/4842746-post16.html

I've seen several in the UK, but I could probably count them all on one hand.

I believe dbs600's picture above is Birds Eye Maple as well, but I'm not 100% sure because of the lighting in the photo.
 

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wood

thanks allentc
i do like the look of the maple i have lots of wood burlwood trim pieces in stock as i break mercedes for a living so i think im going to have a play around with some wood stain and see what i come up with
 

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thanks allentc
i do like the look of the maple i have lots of wood burlwood trim pieces in stock as i break mercedes for a living so i think im going to have a play around with some wood stain and see what i come up with
If you want a faux birds eye maple, you might want to look at this
 

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The birds eye effect is also caused by a 'defect' in the growth of the wood like burl. It's most common in maple but also happens to other trees, including walnut. The blackish colour is a a stain, most maple timber is golden in colour.
 

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so 11 responses later no one can still confirm lol



how many w140'ers does it take to change a light bulb...?
 

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Guess this is a start:

Zebrano (entry models)
Burl Walnut (most common)
Birdseye Maple (europe / japan only?)
Dark Ash (Grand Edition only?)
 

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Those are the sort of figurings you should see for each type of wood. I took a picture of the trim from my 91/92 300SEL and 93 400SEL. (Couldn't do it until the sun came up.) It doesn't show it very well, but the 300SEL on the left is more orange than the 400SEL. Both would be called 'walnut'.

These are natural products and will have variations. If you are trying to match colour perfectly you will be looking for a long time.

None of my brochures specifically list the types of wood in their trim specifications.

 

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There will be definite variation with trims especially between new and used. however, with this as a guide I can use it to say A, B, C or D. this is especially helpful when the person on the other end is not a stealership, nor an MB specialist and simply a parts guy.

Thanks dbs600 & tlampre
 

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UPDATE:

Upon further research:

Zebrano: 92-94 300/320/400/420's - in the U.S.
(first picture in prior post)

Calyptus: 95-99 320's - in the U.S.
(first picture in this post)

Burl Walnut: 92-99 500/600's and 95-99 420's
(second picture in this and prior posts)

Birdseye Maple - Dark Finish: 99 Grand Edition and optional outside of the U.S.
(last picture in prior post)

Chestnut - Light Finish: Optional outside the U.S.
(last picture in this post)

Note that Birdseye Maple is actually the dark wood, not the light wood!
 

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Still don't know the name of the light wood that was also optional outside the U.S.
(last picture in this post)
That photo is from my car, and when I bought the original Mercedes S/CL600 part, the wood for the gear shifter plate, it said; Chestnut.

So, Chestnut it is!

br,
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