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Replace entire center console and AC controls

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I have a 300 SL from 1989. I am starting to prepare a complete overhaul of my car's interior, which ideally would include swapping my current center console.

I have the manual version with "dual zones" (1st picture below), and would prefer (for several reasons) the "advanced" automatic control unit (2nd picture after).

I understand how this will be an expensive and laborious project. :)

At this point I am focus on identifying the main steps and obstacles on swapping the center console and respective commands/buttons, along with the control units behind.

Ideally, I would be first swapping the console and controls, and not install the AC unit (just running it on manual). I am counting as much as possible on getting used spared parts.

The AC part, meaning getting a AC unit and remaining components, I would like to leave it for a later stage, as I am still looking ideally for an electric unit.

Any advice and information would be greatly appreciated!

Current specs
Gear shift Steering part Car Motor vehicle Automotive design

Desired new console:
Steering part Satellite radio Radio Motor vehicle Gear shift
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If this is a LHD car it would probably be best to source all under dash parts from the USA. A lot of the 560SL parts should be the same as the LHD 300SL and all US spec 560SL' s came with the automatic air you seek.
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