chassis numbers decode

I am considering te purchase of a 73 SLC 450 Engine Number 117988522006226 Chassis Number 107024 22 013435 can anyone decode these numbers for me or point me to where I can decipher these numbers
bes tof wishes and many thanks David Hill
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David,
Have a look at this link:
http://home.hiwaay.net/~gbf/mbmodels.html
Should explain all.
First three letter of chassis and engine numbers indicate basic model - W107 for chassis and M117 for engine.
Good Luck

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David - BTW, you might want to check that engine number - I looked in my shop manual and it says that engine for the 73 SLC should be M117.982 and chassis W107.024. No engine with 117.988 is mentioned.

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That first 2 in the middle 22 means it is Right Hand Drive. So if you are using USA specs and USA info, all bets are off as to what engine he has!

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OK - I now see from quoted message that David is in Australia. But, I think my shop manual covers all cars and no mention of a 117.988. But possible that a small change for Australia might be why last digit is different?

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Yes the car is in Australia I will check that engine number. The car does not carry an Australian compliance plate from which one canclude that it was possibly a grey import into Australia. Being RHD if it was not originaly delivered to Australia it may have come from South Africa, UK, NZ, or some SE Asian countries. Many thanks to all who contributed my interest in this vehicle is being greatly stimulated. David Hill
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David, I have owned a '72 350SL, which has a similar 4.5L engine, for the past 16 years. Very solid engine although a bit temperamental - sometimes idles unevenly and sometimes seems to get overly rich at low speed - It's one of those things that I will have to learn more about, because few local mechanics know about these older cars.
If you plan to drive the car regularly, be aware that they have terrible fuel consumption. But still great fun.
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I presume that "Mich." that appears on the not very clear photostat that I have of the data card after a word that may be "fabrikat" means that this car was built "assembled" in the USA. many thanks David Hill www.rosewoodcottage.com.au
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