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Big_Richard

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anyone have a 1973 w116??
« on: 07 February 2006, 03:00 PM »
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Re: anyone have a column shift w116??
« Reply #1 on: 07 February 2006, 03:58 PM »
I don't think the column shift would have been limited to the 1973. You may get a better response to your query if you change the topic heading.

Back on topic, I think I remember seeing a column shift in a photo but for the life of me can't remember where or when.

I would guess that the column shift was avilable only in certain markets (where though?) and from a production perspective, it would have been cheaper to manufacture a common instrument cluster and simply blank off those bits not needed on the particular model the cluster is used in.
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Re: anyone have a 1973 w116??
« Reply #2 on: 07 February 2006, 05:22 PM »
... does that mean that there is a column shift w116?
can someone please show me a picture?? ;)

Sorry, BR: no pic (though I have seen pix of it); however, I can assure you that column selectors existed on 116s, as I drove one in the US many years ago ('81/'82).

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Re: anyone have a 1973 w116??
« Reply #3 on: 07 February 2006, 08:01 PM »
I believe that while available as a special order option, the column shift was primarily designed for livery/taxi commercial applications.  I have seen several elderly 116 taxicabs while in Germany in the mid 1980s that had a front bench seat and column shift.

I believe they were either a small diesel or perhaps a 2.8....  but they were roomy in the rear.....  I wonder if they offered a 300D engine in a commercial variant?  Anyone know if they had a non-turbo diesel as a special order option in early SEL chassis?

The one I remember clearly had a vinyl bench seat in the front and a textured tweed cloth back seat.  I remember thinking "this is the ugliest interior I have ever seen" and being surprised, since it was only the 2nd Mercedes I had ever been in.
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Re: anyone have a 1973 w116??
« Reply #4 on: 08 February 2006, 12:06 AM »
I believe that while available as a special order option, the column shift was primarily designed for livery/taxi commercial applications.  I have seen several elderly 116 taxicabs while in Germany in the mid 1980s that had a front bench seat and column shift.

Thanks for the info! Good to know.

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I believe they were either a small diesel or perhaps a 2.8....  but they were roomy in the rear.....  I wonder if they offered a 300D engine in a commercial variant?  Anyone know if they had a non-turbo diesel as a special order option in early SEL chassis?

Diesels were only available in the north American markets and all with the same engine.

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The one I remember clearly had a vinyl bench seat in the front and a textured tweed cloth back seat.  I remember thinking "this is the ugliest interior I have ever seen" and being surprised, since it was only the 2nd Mercedes I had ever been in.

It is unlikely that any taxi interior is original except for perhaps the first few days of work :P Can't really blame them with the abuse they deal with.
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Re: anyone have a 1973 w116??
« Reply #6 on: 25 February 2006, 09:07 AM »
There must be something seriously wrong with that car - it sold twice already with a reserve.

John
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