Technical Data and Information

WORKSHOP MANUALS: Workshop manuals are available so that you can do your own work. These are the same manuals that your dealer uses. S-6510-1402-13 is meant for cars starting Aug 1959. This includes the 230SL, 250SL, and others. For 280SL order S-6510-1404-13. Cars with automatic transmissions need manual S-1200-000. These manuals are all that should be required to do many repairs yourself or bring them to a local shop so they can do a proper job.

ORIGINAL INVOICES: The original factory invoice is available for your car. You can write to MBNA, One Mercedes Drive, Montvale, NJ. 07645. Attn: Public Relations Dept. Send a photo-copy of your title to prove ownership and to give them the serial number. Make sure the number matches your car. It takes about 6 weeks. If MBNA fails to get it, write to Daimler-Benz Archives, 7000 Stuttgart 60, Germany. Remember, it takes a while so be patient.

PRODUCTION DATA AND CHASSIS NUMBERS: Your car may not be titled the same year it was built. This happened frequently. The changes that were made during the years of manufacture were many and were done by chassis number designation not by year. It is therefore important to have the serial number of your car and even some of the components when purchasing parts. On the Serial Number page you will see the locations of where to find the serial numbers for the chassis, engine , front suspension and rear axle. Following are production numbers and chassis numbers for each year:


DB-40 Black
DB-50 White
DB-158 White Gray
DB-166 Blue Gray
DB-180 Silver Metallic
DB-190 Graphite Gray
DB-334 Light Blue
DB-534 Fire Engine Red
DB-543 Strawberry Red Metallic
DB-608 Ivory
The factory may have used other colors for special requests.
Year Production Chassis Style Engine Num
19631465280SL113.042127.981 (150HP)
196617250SL113.043129.982 (150HP)
1967143280SL113.044130.983 (170HP)

Additional information about these cars is available on wikipedia