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Here's a bit of trivia... there are 3 colors that are considered to be rarest in all w126 models. They are rare because of the time period they were available. The following colors were made available from 12/1990 until end of production. They are, 744 brilliantsilber(one of my favorite colors), 256 kristallgrün, and 752 carraragrau. I have two of the three pictures available... unfortunately don't have #752 to show.
 

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So what colour is 122? silbergrau?
 

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122 is metalic gray pearl.
 

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752 carraragrau is the lightest silver that MB made. In different lighting situations it looked like a hint of blue was in it.
 

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I've heard from my friend at the local dealer that my color is also extremly rare. #481 bornite (blackberry) metallic. He's been working there for over 20 years and has only seen one other car with the same color with the same color(An E-Class Wagon) Any ideas on how this color ranks with the previous 3 mentioned?
 

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Parsifal - 3/1/2005 8:37 PM

What about mine? [:D]
Ah yes, "DooDoo Brown Metallic"[:p] That's a joke, I actually love it! (I even wore all brown at work today. They were calling me the UPS guy.[:D]) I've really been enjoying these thistle greens and the like people have been showing. Keep it up.
 

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ackvig - 3/1/2005 5:50 PM

Parsifal - 3/1/2005 8:37 PM

What about mine? [:D]
Ah yes, "DooDoo Brown Metallic"[:p] That's a joke, I actually love it! (I even wore all brown at work today. They were calling me the UPS guy.[:D]) I've really been enjoying these thistle greens and the like people have been showing. Keep it up.
Speaking of thistle green....I got a sample of the color and must say I'm dissapointed. Looks too gold, more like dead thistle green than I had hoped, I'd like more green. But I too love these threads, gives me so many ideas of what color to paint the SE.

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I've seen mine a couple of times, but it seems to be very rare.

It's called "Taupe"
 

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fulcrum... I agree that your car's color is rare. I only saw one other car and it was a 1991 300SEL in that color. Anyways, your color was available from 3/1990 until the end of production. That puts it in the "second rarest color" group along with #348 pearl blue.

parsifal... your color is not all that rare. It was available from 6/1986 until the end of production.

If "thistlegreen" is color #881... it was available from 10/1979 until 6/1986.
 

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there is a 'backberry' 420 for sale on ebay right now. though it looks more purple in colour than the one our friend has posted above. are they the same colour or not? the link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=4531999152&category=0
 

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I think its the same.. just that there's more light in the ebay pictures.
 

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China Blue (934), one of the rarest, and ugliest I must say colors on the W126, ran only from 10/79 to 12/82.

Other rare colors include moorbraun (479), apricotorange (482), mimosengelb (618), and inkarot (581), those colors ran until 7/81.
 

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H-TownBenzoboy - 3/2/2005 7:55 PM

China Blue (934), one of the rarest, and ugliest I must say colors on the W126, ran only from 10/79 to 12/82.

Other rare colors include moorbraun (479), apricotorange (482), mimosengelb (618), and inkarot (581), those colors ran until 7/81.
I agree that China Blue is not a particularily attractive color (and a horrible movie..).
However, you mention orange (apricotorange #482) and light yellow (mimosengelb #618) were available colors on early 126 models. I have no wish to see a car in either of those two colors.

Orange w126, ugh.[xx(]
 

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I don't think apricotorange looks too bad on this car.

It's certainly a late 70's looking color.
This mimosengelb W126 is definately a late 70's car. This one falls under the same category I put China Blue in. Our old refrigerator from 1977 was about the same yellowish color.[XX(]
 

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Any chance in seeing that 126 coupe next to the yellow sedan?
 

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MRTIKKET - 3/3/2005 11:11 AM

Any chance in seeing that 126 coupe next to the yellow sedan?
This is as close to it as I could find. It's the same color, and has the same clear turn signal lenses, and is in close proximity to that 126 wagon like in the first one, but from what I can see, they're not the same cars, unless the modification to "drop top" was done some time after the first picture was taken.
 

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How many years the color is available doesn't always correlate to how rare. Maybe nobody ordered it, or it was only available a couple of years and lots of cars were sold in the color.

Obviously a record exists of how many cars were sold in each color for each year. Anybody have that chart?

It seems that my color COMBINATION might be a bit rare - but, again, I don't know how many cars were sold in this combination. I am talking body paint with complimentary cladding color.

Mine is Petrol Metallic, and is a 1989, which is the last year for that color. For that one year, they also changed cladding/bumper colors (starting 10/88), so mine is the only year for Petrol Metallic & Taxusgrün cladding/bumpers.

So how many were made in that color in 1989?
 

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OH - we should open a window to get that musty smell out of this thread :D
 
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