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Somewhere recently I ran across a detailed explanation of how to decode all those little boxes on the vehicle data card that comes with every Mercedes. It was on the web, maybe in one of the Mercedes forums. (I did not find it in my search of this forum, but maybe I searched for it incorrectly.) Scatterbrain that I am, I cannot recall where I saw that useful piece of information. Anyone know where I might look to find it again?

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Thanks for the quick reply. I looked over the option codes and do not see what has caught my attention concerning my car's data card. I have a '72 350SL 4.5 (USA version). There is a box on the card that is numbered 19. It has, naturally, German words for something, which I cannot read, but I suspect it may be a tire/wheel information area of the card. In this box is the abbreviation "Dunl. "J" which the bonehead in me wants to interpret as Dunlop tires on wheels that meet the SAE "J" specification for rim dimensioning. Probably got it all wrong...

However, what most interests me is to get a definition for each of those little numbered boxes. Some seem obvious, #6 is the VIN, #7 is the paint code, #8 is the interior, #9 is engine number...but the others are a mystery to one who does not speak or read German. In addition, I would like to understand the logic behind the card and numbering of the boxes. Seems odd but there must be a system in there somewhere...boxes 5,6,7 & 8 are at the top pf the card, followed by boxes 41 through 68, minus a bunch of numbers, some have no numbers only words, and then boxes 9 & 11 show up, then #4...it goes on like this until box 19...anyway it seems a mystery. I'm hoping there is an english text reference for all this, or maybe a secret decoder ring...?

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Different periods had different layouts, so what was once box "19" might not mean the same thing anymore. The data cards did specify what tires were fitted, mine says Pirelli, so perhaps you did have Dunlops at one time.

German English
Fahrzeug-daten Vehicle Data
Fg-Nr Vehicle (chassis) number
Motor-Nr Engine number
Typ Type
Auftrags-Nr Order number
Produkt-Nr Product number
Getriebe Transmission number
Nebenantrieb Transfer case number (4matic)
Reifen vorn 1 Tires front l/h
Reifen vorn 2 Tires front r/h
Reifen hint 1 Tires rear l/h
Reifen hint 2 Tires rear r/h
Heizung Heater
Felgen Rims
Leuchten Headlights
Scheibenwisch Windshield wipers
Seilwinde Cable winch
Wegdrehz-A Speedo
Achse vorn 1 Axle front l/h
Achse vorn 2 Axle front r/h
Achse hint 1 Axle rear l/h
Achse hint 2 Axle rear r/h
VIN Vehicle identification number.
Anh-Kupp. Tow bar
Lenkung Steering
Ausstattung Interior trim code
Lack/L-Zus1 Color 1
Lack/L-Zus2 Color 2
Lack/L-Zus3 Color 3
Lack/L-Zus4 Color 4
Lack/L-Zus5 Color 5
Turschloss Door locks
Lenkschloss Steering lock
Getriebeschloss Transmission lock
Tankschloss Fuel tank lock

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Thanks for the additional information. My data card is a fax copy sent to me by the good folks at Caliber. I think they have access to the microfiche records at MBNA. The original records must have been photo copies, so this is fax of a copy of a copy. Hard to read some of it. But your translation data is most helpful.

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I also have a 1972 350SL. The original tires were Dunlops to the best of my knowledge. When I first purchased the car it came with the original spare (never used). I turned 300,000 on the odometer back in March 2006 and the car still runs strong, but I did buy a new spare!

There is an explanation for the numbers on the back of the card - in five languages, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. I have my original card. Here's what's on the back of my card in English:

Lists the numbers 1-25 with the following text:

1. Vehicle data
2. When ordering spare parts, always mention chassis number (item 6)
3. To be kept with the car papers
4. Type
5. Superstructure Nr.
6. Chassis Nr.
7. Paint
8. Upholstery
9. Engine Nr.
(no number 10 on the list)
11. Transmission
(no number 12 on the list)
13. Headlights
(no 14 thru 18 on list)
19. Tires, five
20. Request Nr.
21. Owner
22. Residence: City/Street
23. License plate Nr.
24. Master key for all locks
25. Secondary key steering, doors, tank

There is a space for filling in the info for 20 thru 23 on the back of the card (mine is blank, never filled in by the original owner).

Hope this helps.

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I have a picture of a data plate from my 68 280 sl European version. I bought the car last year from and older gentleman who brought it to the us 24 years ago. The ownwer of the Benz dealership in Stuttgart used the car as his daily driver for 15 years.

Can someone help me decode this? I have a picture I can send you.

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Since starting this thread I have run across a couple of other resources for data:

http://www.mbspares.com.au/Information/DataCards.aspx

http://www.mbclub.ru/mb/code/?lng=eng

And for paint stuff, these guys are good for the colors:

http://www.paintscratch.com/

JCH

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