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66andBlue

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250SE steering column
« on: April 25, 2013, 23:52:19 »
Did the steering column for the 250SE (coupe or cabrio) also change after July 1967 like the 250SL did?
Did it ever get the one with the safer, collapsible hub?
Alfred
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Re: 250SE steering column
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2013, 10:56:55 »
Pretty sure they did and also the 250/280 S and the 300SE.
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Re: 250SE steering column and tachometer drive change
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2013, 03:47:13 »
Hi Dave,
just received some more detailed information on this change.
The steering column hub, together with the wood covered binnacle over the instrument cluster, changed after VIN 088724.
Since the last 250SE manufactured in 1967 had VIN 089205 that means the last 481 250SE cabrios and cabriolets had the later steering column and a leather covered binnacle. During 1967 1,407 250SE (W111) and 55 280SE (W111) cars were made.  If we assume that the last 250SE/C was made at the beginning of December 1967, and a linear production schedule of 128 cars per month, then that would put the change-over into July 1967, indeed the same month when the change for 250SL happened.

For what it is worth, I also found out that before VIN 085398 the 250SE/C cars had the M129.II-129.981 engine, after that the M129.I-129.980 engine was installed. That means that the later ones (probably after May 1966) with the 980 engine do not have the mechanical tachometer drive but the earlier ones do.
Alfred
1964 230SL manual 4-speed 568H signal red
1966 230SL automatic 334G light blue (sold)
1968 280SL automatic (now 904G midnight blue)

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Re: 250SE steering column
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2013, 13:52:39 »
I still have my 250SE coupe which had power steering. I remember the car had a wood binnacle and the tach was electric. Not sure when it was made but I think it had the early style steering wheel.
I will go and look at it if you need anything.

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