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Garage => Test Drive => Topic started by: BenzTragic on 06 October 2019, 03:12 AM

Title: G'day from Sydney
Post by: BenzTragic on 06 October 2019, 03:12 AM
I've just taken delivery of a 77 450SE. Mechanically she is fairly sound having been previously owned by a mechanic. Aesthetically it's pretty rough. The exterior will definitely require a new paint job, the windscreen seals need replacing.

The green interior is in reasonable condition with the exception of the usual wear spots.

A question I do have is how do I tell if the upholstery I have is MB Tex or leather?
Title: Re: G'day from Sydney
Post by: Randys01 on 06 October 2019, 03:53 AM
Hey an other Aussie!

.....if it's MB tex it will look almost unmarked. If it 's leather there will be deep crease marks in the driver's seat..on the crease lines the colour will be gone and a brown line will present. If it's leather it will smell like a leather interior.  MB Tex is pretty inert.
Need to dig a little deeper? Take the backseat bottom squab out.  look in the underside and look for the where the stitching joins and little left over tails of the upholstery can be seen. if its leather the underside will be brown grain..MB Tex will look manufactured.
Alternative.   undo the zipper around the front centre arm rest.........brown and grainy?. leather..........If you can't decide after all of that, give it away!
A Merc specialist of 45 years experience remarked to me recently: post Armegeddon, the only 2 things left will be cockroaches and MB Tex ; it's remarkable.:D
Title: Re: G'day from Sydney
Post by: BenzTragic on 25 October 2019, 02:14 AM
Hey an other Aussie!

.....if it's MB tex it will look almost unmarked. If it 's leather there will be deep crease marks in the driver's seat..on the crease lines the colour will be gone and a brown line will present. If it's leather it will smell like a leather interior.  MB Tex is pretty inert.
Need to dig a little deeper? Take the backseat bottom squab out.  look in the underside and look for the where the stitching joins and little left over tails of the upholstery can be seen. if its leather the underside will be brown grain..MB Tex will look manufactured.
Alternative.   undo the zipper around the front centre arm rest.........brown and grainy?. leather..........If you can't decide after all of that, give it away!
A Merc specialist of 45 years experience remarked to me recently: post Armegeddon, the only 2 things left will be cockroaches and MB Tex ; it's remarkable.:D

Hahaha that's the 2nd time today I've heard that remark about Mbtex lol. I'll check it tomorrow in the light of day. I'm sure I've got leather. The car has that old leather Mercedes smell!
Title: Re: G'day from Sydney
Post by: raueda1 on 26 October 2019, 01:16 PM
When I first got my car I was disappointed that it was MB-tex, not leather.  Now I'm glad it's MB-tex.  Looks great and ever so practical.