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floyd111

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"automatic" decal on trunk
« on: 08 November 2016, 05:32 PM »
What's the story there? I see cars randomly fitted with that decal.

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Re: "automatic" decal on trunk
« Reply #1 on: 09 November 2016, 12:24 AM »
As far as I know the "Automatic" decal was deleted for W116 and onwards. But some people put it on, the one used on W108, I cut off the locator pins and use high quality double sided tape to stick it on.

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Re: "automatic" decal on trunk
« Reply #2 on: 09 November 2016, 05:49 AM »
^^What Greg said. 
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Re: "automatic" decal on trunk
« Reply #4 on: 13 November 2016, 08:32 AM »
All W108/9's and W113's sold in the UK and Ireland seem to have had the Automatic badge on the boot lid (unless they were actually manual transmission, of course!). The badge seems to have been unavailable (or a rarely-chosen option) in mainland Europe, as I have never seen a W113 there with it. When the company I used to work for took a UK-market RHD W113 and W109 to The Techno Classica show at Essen, loads of people from Germany and other LHD markets commented that they had never seen these badges before.
If you do have a car with an Automatic badge, mind it well, as it is NLA, due to its limited use and low demand today, but you may have a boot lid with too many holes if you lose it, or it gets damaged.


I've noticed that people in different countries around the world have different attitudes to car badging, with some countries (Germany springs to mind) having minimal badges on home-market models, with many cars having no badges at all, other than the MB three-pointed star/Audi rings, etc, whereas other countries (Italy, for example) are obsessed with which variant of the model you were able to afford. I used to own a UK-market '93 Audi 80 (Audi 90 in US) which had the (relatively new at the time) 16v 4-cylinder engine and was a quattro drivetrain. The boot lid had "80" on the left, and "16v" on the right. On holidays in Italy, I saw an identical Italian-market one, but it had "80 quattro" on the left and "2.0E 16v" on the right.

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Re: "automatic" decal on trunk
« Reply #5 on: 30 November 2016, 09:19 PM »
I just found this in the Option list:
254   ELIMINATION OF LETTERING ""AUTOMATIC"""
Seems that the W116 did have this lettering as a standard in some places?

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Re: "automatic" decal on trunk
« Reply #6 on: 30 November 2016, 09:33 PM »
Code 254 was standard.................
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Re: "automatic" decal on trunk
« Reply #7 on: 30 November 2016, 09:37 PM »
so that mean that the Automatic decal was optional still? ;D

Another fun one I found:
814   ELIMINATION OF REAR DOORS
Ever seen one of those?

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Re: "automatic" decal on trunk
« Reply #8 on: 03 May 2017, 07:24 AM »
Another fun one I found:
814   ELIMINATION OF REAR DOORS
Ever seen one of those?
« Last Edit: 03 May 2017, 07:33 AM by Squiggle Dog »
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Re: "automatic" decal on trunk
« Reply #9 on: 04 May 2017, 12:16 AM »
so that mean that the Automatic decal was optional still? ;D

Another fun one I found:
814   ELIMINATION OF REAR DOORS
Ever seen one of those?

Haha.  No, Stan.  It still wasn't an option.  ;) 

By the way, Type17, the "Automatic" lettering plate is, in fact, still readily available new from Mercedes.  Part number 112-817-06-15, and is around 100 Euros.  It's not rare, it's just that a lot of markets didn't receive the badge, and so it's unusual for the majority of people to see. 
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Re: "automatic" decal on trunk
« Reply #10 on: 04 May 2017, 12:34 AM »
That's good to hear - last time I looked it up on EPC (a few years ago, to be fair), it was marked NLA, and the dealer confirmed it to be so at the time.

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Re: "automatic" decal on trunk
« Reply #11 on: 04 May 2017, 08:00 AM »
P.S. The VIN number of that car with no rear doors is WDB11602412050885 if anyone wants to look it up to confirm it left the factory that way.
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Re: "automatic" decal on trunk
« Reply #12 on: 05 May 2017, 12:32 AM »
That car was discussed on this forum about 10 years ago I believe. 

I think it may have been in passing in another thread, and pretty hard to search for now.

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Re: "automatic" decal on trunk
« Reply #13 on: 05 May 2017, 01:50 AM »
Looks like a Swedish "Epa Traktor" conversion, although a bit long.

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Re: "automatic" decal on trunk
« Reply #14 on: 06 May 2017, 03:20 AM »
That's good to hear - last time I looked it up on EPC (a few years ago, to be fair), it was marked NLA, and the dealer confirmed it to be so at the time.

A lot of times, something that is only available through Classic will show up as no longer available in the Paragon dealer network.  Consequently, dealerships will tell us that the part in question is no longer available.  Even though Paragon says "no longer available", if the dealership orders it anyway it'll show up if the part is available through classic. 
1966 250se coupe`, black/dark green leather
1970 600 midnight blue/parchment leather
1971 300sel 6.3, papyrus white/dark red leather
1973 300sel 4.5, silver blue metallic/blue leather
1976 280s astral silver/blue MB Tex
1978 450sel 6.9 Euro, Anthr/velour