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Car history
« on: May 04, 2023, 20:23:20 »
I have a 230 SL reportedly originating from the US into Belgium then Spain before coming to the UK, how can I find its true provenance?


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Re: Car history
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2023, 12:26:44 »

Thank you for joining.  There are a lot of other members in the UK.  You can introduce yourself and your car in the New Members Introduction sticky thread under the General Discussion board.

On the data plate in the engine compartment, it is screwed to a bracket by the fender, there is a lot of info including a digit representing the original delivery country/region.
Row 1 = option codes delivered at factory
Row 2 = paint color codes and hard top option
Row 3 = first part of VIN and delivery country
Row 4 = production number and body number

From the sample images I attached, at the end of line 3 is this code.  In these examples, the 5 indicates "Europe, outside of Germany" and on the other plate the 7 indicates "America".  I assume that means anywhere in North, Central, or South America.  Please post a pic of your data plate.  Beyond this, you need to be lucky and have paperwork that traces the car's life from owner to owner, county to country.

Also, the search feature works great on this site.  We've been on-line for 20 years, so almost any question you may have was probably asked/answered in the past.  Please get comfortable with the search feature and you will be able to educate yourself quite a bit.  For example, do a search for "data card".
« Last Edit: May 05, 2023, 12:53:28 by rwmastel »
Pagoda Technical Manual, please contribute:
1966 230SL (waiting patiently for me), 2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (off-roading), 2017 C43 AMG (daily driver)
1980 450SL (for sale)
1997 E300D (sold in 2022), 2006 C230 (sold in 2015), 1994 E420 (sold in 2007)