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Preliminary edition Owners manual
« on: May 14, 2022, 19:49:15 »
I came across an owners manual for 280SL. It says preliminary edition.
Has anyone ever seen this? I was wondering how rare it is.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2022, 19:53:56 by m300cab »
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Re: Preliminary edition Owners manual
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2022, 22:00:23 »
Not sure it rare or not but mine came with one, delivery September 18,1968.

John 
1969 280SL 003820
Un Restored, All Original, including the paint
Original Owner, Purchased September 18, 1968
4 speed manual, PS. 76837 miles
6900 miles since awoken from her 20+ yr "nap" in 2010

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Re: Preliminary edition Owners manual
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2022, 03:35:24 »
My car, serial number 007749, was delivered at the factory in February, 1969, a few months after John’s car was delivered in California. The manual was apparently changed to “ Edition A” sometime during the period after John’s car was produced and the time my car was produced in January, 1969. 

Attached are photographs of the front and back cover and unnumbered page 1 from my manual.  There is no date in the manual to indicate when Edition A was issued.  Also note that the back cover indicates USA edition so there are no doubt a number of versions of the manual in circulation.
Ralph

1969 280SL, 4 Speed Manual, Dark Olive (291H), Parchment Leather (256), Dark Green Soft Top (747)
2007 BMW 328xi (E90)
1995 Jaguar XJS Convertible
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL
Italy
2004 Toyota HiLux D4D Pickup
2008 BMW 330xd Futura Coupe' (E92)

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Re: Preliminary edition Owners manual
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2022, 15:32:24 »
Interesting about the "edition A" I had to re-look at mine. It is not the original manual, some $%& stole it from the previous owner - even cut the top to get at it! - go figure.

In any case I found a replacement and it is not quite the same as Ralph's - the cover is the same, the back is almost the same, mine has "Ausgabe USA A/1" the part number is the same 113 584 16 96.

The front page is also a bit different, with no "Edition A" noted.

It also has an additional insert which is now loose, and I suspect was glued to the inside front cover.
A picture is attached.
Jonny B
1967 250 SL Auto, DB 568
1970 280 SL Auto, DB 904

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Re: Preliminary edition Owners manual
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2022, 19:28:09 »
 Back again.. Mine has the same part number but no A/1. My loose insert is a fold out describes braking performance, tire pressure and passing times.

John
1969 280SL 003820
Un Restored, All Original, including the paint
Original Owner, Purchased September 18, 1968
4 speed manual, PS. 76837 miles
6900 miles since awoken from her 20+ yr "nap" in 2010

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Re: Preliminary edition Owners manual
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2022, 02:30:49 »
A little more info:
My manual as pictured above does not have a loose insert providing additional information similar to that of John’s or Jonny B’s book.  Braking information is included in my manual but in a completely different format on fixed pages in the book.

There is a large fold out in the book between pages 38 and 41.  These are pictured here.  They are in fact pages 39 and 40 but the page numbers are not printed on these pages.  This large fold out is firmly attached to the binding the same as normal regular sized pages.
Ralph

1969 280SL, 4 Speed Manual, Dark Olive (291H), Parchment Leather (256), Dark Green Soft Top (747)
2007 BMW 328xi (E90)
1995 Jaguar XJS Convertible
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL
Italy
2004 Toyota HiLux D4D Pickup
2008 BMW 330xd Futura Coupe' (E92)

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Re: Preliminary edition Owners manual
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2022, 22:14:41 »
I also have the insert 49er shows. This is a "Consumer Information" booklet. Getting this tested the patience meter!

Number on mine is the same as 49er's:
 
113 584 00 98
(12.69) Printed in Germany

I also have the fold out electrical diagram and lubrication chart as Ralph shows, in the same position in my manual.
I have a separate electric diagram KD 00 102 5505 00
Jonny B
1967 250 SL Auto, DB 568
1970 280 SL Auto, DB 904