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I am just curios.
I did own all past models of E class available in US.
It was W123 than W124 than W210, W211.
Anybody knows the logic behind those numbers? Seems like jump from 100's to 200's should mean something?
 

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I am just curios.
I did own all past models of E class available in US.
It was W123 than W124 than W210, W211.
Anybody knows the logic behind those numbers? Seems like jump from 100's to 200's should mean something?
I've never seen any logic explained to exist behind the numbers and I don't think there is much. I guess one thing is that they don't want to reuse a number and 126 had already been used which makes it reasonable to start using some free number space. Now it already goes from 210 to 211 and 212.

The S-class never continued from W140 even if there would have been plenty of unused numbers after that. On the other hand the first W140 cars were not S-class (in the sense of the name being S something). Perhaps this is why they started from W220.

If someone has insight info, I guess many of us would be interested.
 

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W = Wagen, German designation for passenger vehicle

The number is the chassis number designation

example: W201, W202, W203 and W204 tracks the 190 model and subsequent C-Class cars

Major changes in chassis will get a different "prefix" number.
 

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W = Wagen, German designation for passenger vehicle
At Mercedes, W means 4-door sedan.

S means station wagon
R means roadster
C means coupe (but can include the convertibles)
V means long wheel base sedan
X means ... well that's confusing, but these are SUVs for sure

W was about all there was through the 1970s, but the others were added in the '80s or '90s.

Yes, there were W124, C124, S124, and V124.
 

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I tend to be with DB that those numbers might be just random.
My guess is that when MB started with W123 (?) they might not expect so many models to come in following decades.
I still see in California MB build in 50's and 60's. Don't think those had W numbers?
 

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I still see in California MB build in 50's and 60's. Don't think those had W numbers?
I'm not quite familiar with the oldest models but the ones from the fifties actually have similar body style and model numbering. This site gives a lot of details:
Mercedes-Benz Baureihenverzeichnis

An example would be W136 from 1946 to 1955, e.g. 136.110, 170D or
W120, Ponton 180, from 1953 to 1962.

More info from the link for those who are interested.
 

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Thanks for the interesting link. The site is cookies based, so my limited German help me find PDF with W numbers assigned to the models, but no years of production. Can you help me with this?
 

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Thanks for the interesting link. The site is cookies based, so my limited German help me find PDF with W numbers assigned to the models, but no years of production. Can you help me with this?
From the front page (of Mercedes-Benz Baureihenverzeichnis ), select from the "Starten mit" selection box "Baureihenverzeichnis - Auswahl über Baureihencode" instead of the pdf document. Next selection box "Bitte eine Baureihe auswählen:" lists body style numbers followed by the year range for production. Selecting a model and "weiter" gives further details.
 
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