From the 1960s onwards the build up of the identification code is as follows:
The numbers have 14 digits on all models.
* The first three digits: type (as W number).
* Next three digits: body type.
* A. Seventh digit: 1 for Left hand Driven cars built in Germany, if built outside Germany
this number would be a 5.
* B. Seventh digit: 2 for Right Hand Driven cars built in Germany, if built outside
Germany this number would be a 6.
* Eight digit: 0 for standard transmission, 2 for automatic transmission.
* Last six digits: serial number.
For example: 112.023-12-123456 would be the identification code for a 300SE Convertible
(W112.023), Left Hand Drive built in Germany (1), Automatic transmission (2) and with
123456 as a serial number.
The engine number:
The engine numbers are built up almost the same as the identification code.
- The first six numbers identify the type of engine (see 10) Engine specifications).
- The next two numbers have the same meaning as they have in the identification code.
- The last six numbers are the serial number, different than the serial number of the
identification code .
For example: 130.980-20-123456 would be the engine number for a 280SE (M130.980), Right
Hand Drive built in Germany (2), manual transmission (0) and with 123456 as a serial