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My 250t came with what looks like a stock 14" steelie but is obviously spun aluminum and I would like to hunt down 3 more and put a set on my 230.. Did any 123's come standard with aluminum spares? Would be really nice if they came in bigger sizes .:cool:
 

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My coupe came with five 14" Bundt alloys (painted) and Pirelli P195/70R14 tires. Original spare is still in the trunk, never been used in 26 years.

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My 250t came with what looks like a stock 14" steelie but is obviously spun aluminum and I would like to hunt down 3 more and put a set on my 230.. Did any 123's come standard with aluminum spares? Would be really nice if they came in bigger sizes .:cool:
This is highly unusual. Yours is the first instance that I am aware of where a car came to a non-US destination with an aluminum alloy wheel. See attached pictures. The first is a 14 x 5.5 aluminum wheel. These came to (what I thought were) US-only cars from about 1980 to about 1982/1983. The cars that had these were exclusively 240D cars. The second picture is a 14 x 6.0 aluminum wheel. These I believe(d) to also be on US-only cars from about 1981 to about 1982, only 300D and 280E sedans.
Part number (check your wheel if the white/silver stripe isn't obvious):
5.5": 1234001302 (the wheel with the broken white/silver stripe)
6": 1234001502 (the wheel with the solid white/silver stripe)

Questions to you:

1. What year is your car?
2. What are the other 4 wheels (Bundt or Steel)?
3. Where was your car originally sold?
4. Does your spare look like either of the attached pictures?
5. If you think your other 4 wheels are steel, try cleaning them in the area where the stripe would be and make sure they aren't just covered with brake dust. Often the stripe is not visible on a dirty wheel.

If you want more of these wheels, I have them. The 5.5" wheels are not terribly difficult to find (in the United States), the 6" wheels are like gold. People put them on their Pagodas and 190 SLs. I have the 5.5" wheels on my 1971 114 body 250 C.

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Scott , yea it's the same as the lower picture (6012 ) You have em for sale? Maybe you can PM Me some prices ? :thumbsup:

The car is a 1979 250T euro.. Not sure where it was originally sold... I got it in Phoenix in very nice cond except a siezed engine... I got it mainly for a parts car.. It has the regular 14" steele wheels with mb caps but the spare, as I said is super light aluminum and I may be interested in finding 3 more for My 230/16v sleeper project ;)
 

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The first is a 14 x 5.5 aluminum wheel. These came to (what I thought were) US-only cars from about 1980 to about 1982/1983. The cars that had these were exclusively 240D cars. The second picture is a 14 x 6.0 aluminum wheel. These I believe(d) to also be on US-only cars from about 1981 to about 1982, only 300D and 280E sedans.
Scott, you probably have the most comprehensive knowledge of all things w123 light alloy disc wheels.

I can add that 240D's got 5.5 inch light alloy disc wheels in 1982 as standard equipment. Probaby 1980-1982 as you state. In 1983 240D's came standard with bundt wheels. So a 1983 240D with light alloy disc wheels were likely swapped by an owner, special order, or even likely that the mfg had some extras and used them up.

Same with 1982 300D's, which were spec'd for the us market with bundt wheels as standard. Still, I'm sure there are a few instances of 6" light alloy disc wheels OE spec'd on 1982 300D cars.

VR6freak, I'll swap a set of 5.5" light alloy disc wheels for your roof rack. ???
 

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Hey SD , thanks for the offer but I just got the rack and going to hold on to it for a bit.. I just looked around and didn't realize how rare this 6" spare is.. I'll probably not be able to justify spending enough to put a set together so if anyone is interested , shoot Me an offer :D
 

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Hey SD , thanks for the offer but I just got the rack and going to hold on to it for a bit.. I just looked around and didn't realize how rare this 6" spare is.. I'll probably not be able to justify spending enough to put a set together so if anyone is interested , shoot Me an offer :D
NP. Gotta ask sometimes.
 

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Scott , yea it's the same as the lower picture (6012 ) You have em for sale? Maybe you can PM Me some prices ? :thumbsup:

The car is a 1979 250T euro.. Not sure where it was originally sold... I got it in Phoenix in very nice cond except a siezed engine... I got it mainly for a parts car.. It has the regular 14" steele wheels with mb caps but the spare, as I said is super light aluminum and I may be interested in finding 3 more for My 230/16v sleeper project ;)
What is your 230/16V sleeper project? Do you mean a W123 or something newer?

I would not put 5.5" wheels on a wagon, and I'm not sure why. I _would_ put 5.5" wheels on a sedan or a pagoda or even a coupe. I have no reasoning for not wanting them on a wagon and I don't know why MB only put them on US-market 240D, 300D, and 280E sedans. Given that yours is a spare, I'm wondering if it is not original to your car. I have never encountered a car with steel wheels and an aluminum spare. I _have_ encountered cars with bundt wheels and an aluminum spare.

Could you please take a closer look at your spare and post the DATE CODE that is stamped on the wheel? I'm willing to bet that the date code on the wheel is _later_ than the Mfg Date of your car.

I'll PM you regarding wheel prices...
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Scott, you probably have the most comprehensive knowledge of all things w123 light alloy disc wheels.
Thanks. I'm into the wheels. I agressively hunt them. Just sold a set and shipped to Australia, where their dollar is strong these days.
VR6freak, I'll swap a set of 5.5" light alloy disc wheels for your roof rack. ???
My opinion about such a swap is that it all depends on who pays for postage. In general, I think 4 5.5" wheels are worth a little more than a roof rack, but a roof rack is harder to find and much easier to ship.
 

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Scott, you probably have the most comprehensive knowledge of all things w123 light alloy disc wheels.

I can add that 240D's got 5.5 inch light alloy disc wheels in 1982 as standard equipment. Probaby 1980-1982 as you state. In 1983 240D's came standard with bundt wheels. So a 1983 240D with light alloy disc wheels were likely swapped by an owner, special order, or even likely that the mfg had some extras and used them up.

Same with 1982 300D's, which were spec'd for the us market with bundt wheels as standard. Still, I'm sure there are a few instances of 6" light alloy disc wheels OE spec'd on 1982 300D cars.

VR6freak, I'll swap a set of 5.5" light alloy disc wheels for your roof rack. ???
'83 240D did not come standard with bundts, at least the early '83's didn't. I bought one new from the dealer and still have it. It came with the aluminum alloy wheels with the color coordinated wheel covers. I also have the sales brochure from 1983. Every photo of the 240D shows the color coordinated wheel covers and list the light alloy wheels as standard equipment.
 

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'83 240D did not come standard with bundts, at least the early '83's didn't. I bought one new from the dealer and still have it. It came with the aluminum alloy wheels with the color coordinated wheel covers. I also have the sales brochure from 1983. Every photo of the 240D shows the color coordinated wheel covers and list the light alloy wheels as standard equipment.
You're right. I just checked my brochure. I know I heard or read somewhere that bundts were standard on 240D in 83, but those brochure's don't lie too much.
 

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I've got a late '82 production '83 model 240D- it has the alloy 'steelie' type wheels and wheel covers. The '79 240D (totalled and scrapped) had ultra-heavy real steel 'steelies' and caps. If I ever feel the need to add a set of dedicated snows to the car, I'll have to figure out how to get the rims from my ex-wife's place in MD to here in CO. That's if she hasn't trashed them, yet.
 
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