Author Topic: Colour of sills/rockers  (Read 169 times)

John H

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Colour of sills/rockers
« on: 26 October 2020, 01:04 AM »
I'm planning to repaint the sills on the 116 I'm buying. Currently they're black, but this 1976 brochure shows body colour on one or two cars, apparently black on others.

Did M-B use a mixture in production?


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Re: Colour of sills/rockers
« Reply #1 on: 26 October 2020, 06:25 AM »
rocker panels, trunk    Until 20.03.1982 tiefdunkelgrau matt 7164 000-986-67-33 
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Re: Colour of sills/rockers
« Reply #2 on: 27 October 2020, 05:44 AM »
That's also what I know, but in the pic that sure looks like a genuine MB catalog to me.
Why would they be printing W116 pics in catalogs during the W126 era? Interesting find!


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Re: Colour of sills/rockers
« Reply #3 on: 27 October 2020, 02:02 PM »
I have that exact catalogue (my 350SE is a '76 UK-market car, so I bought the correct catalogue on eBay a few years ago), and that particular image is re-touched from an indoor, studio-shot photo, to change the paint colour and (I presume) whoever did the re-touching wasn't an MB employee, so didn't realise that the sills/rockers are dark grey matt, as rumb mentions above.
All of the other pictures in the catalogue (which are outdoor, action photos), and all of the pics of original cars that I've seen, show the sills in the correct colour.

Black/very dark grey sills give the W116 a lighter, more agile look - here's one with body-coloured sills - looks a bit flabby and heavy, compared to the correctly-painted one below it: