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Hello all. I was looking at a parts car near by today and I notice 2 vin plates on the radiator mount. There was the vin that has been stamped along with 2 plates. 1 plate had the mercedes name and looked very original. The other looked like a plain piece of metal with a vin along with some other numbers stamped on it. Is this normal? Are the 2 numbers supposed to match? These two vin numbers were not the same. I would love to check my car out but its put away and I wont be at my warehouse for a few weeks. Any info would be appreciated because my curiosity is at it highest peak right now
 

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The one starting with 114 023 is the VIN for a 250C. The other might be the chassis number or something else, not 100% sure. Go with the one that starts with 114 023.
 

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Thank you for your answers. I have read online that a 114 023 is a 250c from 69 to 73 and that a 114 623 is 73 to 76. Am I missing something? MikeD you link to peachparts has both numbers as 114 023. I am just curious because I want to be sure parts fit, also I can pick up whole car for 400$ and want to be sure this car is legit. Thank you.
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Starting with the 1973 model year, 280's were powered by the M110 engine. This necessitated a change in the engine compartment to facilitate the DOHC in-line six cylinder. The cross support braces were eliminated on the W114's but retained on the W115's. There were a few other cosmetic changes, different grill, hood, exhaust, etc. but nothing of any major consequence.
 

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Scoot it's a 114 623. Could these be 2 different bins. I read on wiki that 114 023 is 250c 114 623 is 280c. Is this possible?
 

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Scoot it's a 114 623. Could these be 2 different bins. I read on wiki that 114 023 is 250c 114 623 is 280c. Is this possible?
To the best of my knowledge, no. I think a 280C is 114.073.
 

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You are right Scoot. As per wiki 114 073 is 280c. 114 023 is 250c from 69 to 73 and 114 623 is 250c from 73 to 76. Now I am just unsure as to why these to plate would have different numbers. Thank you for your patience with me
 

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The problem I have with it is I don't think a 250C existed in production from 73 to 76.
 

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It appears the "623"'s were a very limited production. Only 1100 or so were made. I imagine the low numbers produced were the result of Ma Benz using up the existing supply of M130 engines already on the shelf. I've never seen a '73 or later model using the M130 but then again, I've never seen a Narwhal and I know those exist.
 

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The answer to this, and other mysteries, can only be found in the minds of the engineers. Try contacting Daimler-Benz for the resolution of this puzzle.
 

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Post pictures of the plates. on some models the plate shows the body/chassis number which is different than the vin.
 

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As you can see the vin engraved and the one on the mercedes plate is 114 023 and the one on the generic metal plate is 114 623
 

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I think the 623 on the plate is chassis number not vin.
 
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