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This material is part of a chapter on Data Cards.

Every new Mercedes-Benz - at least in the years covered in this chapter, 1963 to 1971 - came with two (or more) Data Cards, usually inserted into the pouch containing the Owner’s Manual and Service Booklet.

One of these cards contained the key codes, and therefore was suggested not to be carried in the car, the other copy did not contain the key codes and was supposed to be kept in the car and help the technician in the shop to order the correct parts. Over the years, and through several owners, often these cards were lost. A copy of the card can be ordered by the car’s present owner (due to the confidentiality of the key codes often proof of ownership is required) from your local Mercedes-Benz dealer. Appartently the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Stuttgart has stopped supplying datacards. In the US MBUSA's Classic Center in Irvine, CA may still provide copies of datacards. This "copy" is usually recreated from a microfiche and often of poor quality.

Mercedes-Benz Classic Center

Stuttgarter Straße 90, 70736 Fellbach
Tel. general +49-711 17 30000
e-mail: classic@daimler.com
http://www.mercedes-benz.com/classic-center
The Classic Center is about five miles outside of Stuttgart and can be visited without an appointment (9am to 5pm, Mon - Fri). You can see the cars for sale or on consignment, browse through literature, model cars and accessories or order spare parts. The restoration facility is usually off-limits to individual visitors.

Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in the United States:

A new Classic Center for the US, with similarities to the Classic Center in Fellbach, was opened in California in 2006:

Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Center
9 Whatney
Irvine, CA 92618
Tel. +1-949 598 4850 or 1-866 MB CLASSIC
http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/enthusiast/classic_center

There were four different layouts used for the data card during the W113 production run from 1963 to 1971.

Before trying to decipher your own data card, it is therefore necessary to determine which of the four versions you have:

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The original data cards, not the copies from microfilm you receive nowadays, also had a flipside which provided some translations and had space for the owner to add his/her name, address and license plate number:

  • Flipside

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Once you have determined which version of the data card you have, please proceed to the corresponding discussion below for a detailed description.

Data Card Version 1

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Blue letters and red numbers were added to this data card for improved legibility and clarification. The red numbers correspond to the numbering on the data card, the letters are not on the original card.

BoxTitle on CardTranslation
1Fahrzeug-DatenVehicle Data
2Bitte bei Ersatzteilbestellung Fahrgestell-Nr. angeben (Pos.5)Please provide serial number (box 5) when ordering spare parts
3Karte nicht im Fahrzeug aufbewahren!Do not leave data card in the vehicle!
(this text is not shown on the above data card, since the confidential key codes are not shown in this copy)
4TypModel
5Fahrgestell-Nr.Serial no., Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
6GetriebeTransmission no.
The transmission number, sometimes necessary to get the correct spare parts, is also stamped inside the bell housing.
7HinterachseRear axle no.
The rear axle number, sometimes necessary to get the correct spare parts, is also stamped into the assembly.
8Lenkung DBSteering box no., mfrd. by Daimler-Benz.
The steering box number, sometimes necessary to get the correct spare parts, is also stamped into the assembly.
9BatterieBattery supplier (Hoppecke, Varta)
10LackierungPaint code
For the Paint Codes see separate section.
 UT (Unterteil)Body
 OT (Oberteil)Hardtop (and hub caps)
11Motor Nr.Engine no.
12Vorderachse linksLeft front axle no.
The left front axle number, sometimes necessary to get the correct spare parts, is also stamped into the assembly.
13RaederRim size
14LenkungsschlossIgnition key code.
With this code, spare keys can be ordered.
15ScheinwerferHeadlight manufacturer (Bosch, Hella)
16Koffer- und HandschuhkastenschlossTrunk and glove box key code. With this code, spare keys can be ordered
17AusstattungUpholstery.
The first digit of the 3-digit upholstery code designates the type, i.e.

0 Cloth (not available with the W113)
1 MB-Tex (Vinyl)
2 Leather

Box 17 also contains code 401, single seats (bench seats were not available with the W113). For the Upholstery codes see separate chapter.
18Aufbau-Nr.Body no. (not identical to serial no./VIN).
This number was needed in the production process to link parts before they became a car, i.e. before a VIN was assigned to it. This number (or the last digits of it) is also stamped on the matching hardtop, the hood, the softtop, the tonneau cover (i.e. the softtop compartment lid), the transmission support and the Body and Paint Number plate.
See also separate chapter below for Body and Paint Number Plate.
19Vorderachse rechtsRight front axle no.
The right front axle number, sometimes necessary to get the correct spare parts, is also stamped into the assembly.
20Bereifung, 5-fach5 tires, size and brand(Phoenix, Continental)
21Tuer- und TankschlossDoor and gas cap key code. With this code, spare keys can be ordered
22ScheibenwischerWindshield wiper manufacturer.
Sometimes, this field (which usually was left blank anyway because there was only one supplier) and the unnumbered field below were used for additional options which did not have a code or did not fit into the fields above. E.g., on the data card of a Pagoda SL Group member, an entry is here for carpet color 2639, a color that was not normally offered.

There are several boxes on the data card which are not numbered. In the above example they are identified by a letter:

aSchicht-Nr.Production shift no. for which production of the car was scheduled
bFg.-Nr.Last six digits of the VIN, see box 5
cProd.-Nr.Production no., production related
dBaumusterModel configuration: The first 6 or 8 digits of the VIN (see box 5)
eAuftrags-Nr.Order no.
The order number consists of eight digits:
The first digit is the last digit of the year in which the order was placed (in the above example it is 3, the order was placed by the dealer in 1963). The next three digits identify the region (if in Germany) or the country from which the order was placed (in the above example it is 219, which is the MB-"Niederlassung" in Hamburg, Germany). For the Dealer and Country Codes see the corresponding chapter below.
The next four digits are sequential by dealer/region/country and year.
fwenig gewuenschtrarely ordered.
These are four boxes to enter 3-digit option codes which do not fit the other option code boxes. Usually the code for the softtop color is listed here. (The example has option code 415, hardtop without softtop, therefore there is no softtop color code listed in this example.) For the Softtop Color Codes see the corresponding chapter.
gHinweisRemark box.
E.g., one owner's data card had a "3" here - he ordered his engine detailed as the show car at the Geneva Auto Show (10) (11).
hZulassungsdatumDate of first registration (in this example it is stamped above the box).
Only used in a few markets, e.g., Germany.
iOelmarkeOil brand filled in engine
jUebernahmetagDate of delivery.
Only used in a few markets, e.g., Germany.

All other boxes are option code boxes. They have a two digit heading (from 41 to 68) and a one digit number if an option is ordered. In the above example, in the 53 box a 3 is entered, i.e. code 533 was ordered.

Option Codes are listed in a separate chapter.

Data Card Version 2

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Blue letters and red numbers were added to this data card for improved legibility and clarification. The red numbers correspond to the numbering on the data card, the letters are not on the original card.

A comparison of data cards version 1 and 2 shows that the boxes were renumbered and five boxes on version 1 were eliminated in version 2.

BoxTitle on CardTranslation
1Fahrzeug-DatenVehicle Data
2Bitte bei Ersatzteilbestellung Fahrgestell-Nr. angeben (Pos.5)Please provide serial number (box 5) when ordering spare parts
3Karte nicht im Fahrzeug aufbewahren!Do not leave data card in the vehicle!
(in the above example, items 1, 2 and 3 are not shown)
4TypModel
5Aufbau-Nr.Body no. (not identical to serial no./VIN).
This number was needed in the production process to link parts before they became a car, i.e. before a VIN was assigned to it. This number (or the last digits of it) is also stamped on the matching hardtop, the hood, the softtop, the tonneau cover (i.e. the softtop compartment lid), the transmission support and the Body and Paint Number plate.
See also separate chapter below for Body and Paint Number Plate.
6Fahrgestell-Nr.Serial no., Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
7LackierungPaint code
For the Paint Codes see separate section below.
 UT (Unterteil)Body
 OT (Oberteil)Hardtop (and hub caps)
8AusstattungUpholstery.
The first digit of the 3-digit upholstery code designates the type, i.e.

0 Cloth (not available with the W113)
1 MB-Tex (Vinyl)
2 Leather

Box 17 also contains code 401, single seats (bench seats were not available with the W113). For the Upholstery codes see separate chapter.
9Motor Nr.Engine no.
10Vorderachse linksLeft front axle no.
The left front axle number, sometimes necessary to get the correct spare parts, is also stamped into the assembly.
11GetriebeTransmission no.
The transmission number, sometimes necessary to get the correct spare parts, is also stamped inside the bell housing.
12Lenkung DBSteering box no., mfrd. by Daimler-Benz.
The steering box number, sometimes necessary to get the correct spare parts, is also stamped into the assembly.
13ScheinwerferHeadlight manufacturer (Bosch, Hella)
14HinterachseRear axle no.
The rear axle number, sometimes necessary to get the correct spare parts, is also stamped into the assembly.
15Vorderachse rechtsRight front axle no.
The right front axle number, sometimes necessary to get the correct spare parts, is also stamped into the assembly.
16Lenkungsschloss(literal: Steeringwheel key).Ignition key code.
With this code, spare keys can be ordered.
17Koffer- und HandschuhkastenschlossTrunk and glove box key code. With this code, spare keys can be ordered
18Tuer- und TankschlossDoor and gas cap key code. With this code, spare keys can be ordered
19Bereifung, 5-fach5 tires, size and brand(Phoenix, Continental)

There are several boxes on the data card which are not numbered. In the above example they are identified by a letter:

aSchicht-Nr.Production shift no. for which production of the car was scheduled
cProd.-Nr.Production no., production related
eAuftrags-Nr.Order no.
The order number consists of eight digits:
The first digit is the last digit of the year in which the order was placed (in the above example it is 3, the order was placed by the dealer in 1963). The next three digits identify the region (if in Germany) or the country from which the order was placed (in the above example it is 219, which is the MB-"Niederlassung" in Hamburg, Germany). For the Dealer and Country Codes see the corresponding chapter.
The next four digits are sequential by dealer/region/country and year.
fwenig gewuenschtrarely ordered.
These are four boxes to enter 3-digit option codes which do not fit the other option code boxes. Usually the code for the softtop color is listed here. (The example has option code 415, hardtop without softtop, therefore there is no softtop color code listed in this example.) For the Softtop Color Codes see the corresponding chapter.
gHinweisRemark box.
E.g., one owner's data card had a "3" here - he ordered his engine detailed as the show car at the Geneva Auto Show (10) (11).
hZulassungsdatumDate of first registration (in this example it is stamped above the box).
Only used in a few markets, e.g., Germany.
iOelmarkeOil brand filled in engine
jUebernahmetagDate of delivery.
Only used in a few markets, e.g., Germany.

All other boxes are option code boxes. They have a two digit heading (from 41 to 68) and a one digit number if an option is ordered. In the above example, in the 53 box a 3 is entered, i.e. code 533 was ordered.

Option Codes are listed in a separate chapter.

Data Card Version 3

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Blue letters and red numbers were added to this data card for improved legibility and clarification. The red numbers correspond to the numbering on the data card, the letters are not on the original card.

As can be seen, there is only a change in layout, but not in content and numbering, between this version 3 and data card version 2.

The numbers 1 to 19 are the same, and the unnumbered boxes are identified with the same letters as in version 2.

Therefore, for the description of this card please refer to Data Card version 2.

Data Card Version 4

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Blue letters and red numbers were added to this data card for improved legibility and clarification. The red numbers correspond to the numbering on the data card, the letters are not on the original card.

The top two lines have not changed in comparison to the data card versions 2 and 3, but in the bottom half boxes

10 front axle left
12 steering box no.
14 rear axle
15 front axle right
16 ignition key code
17 trunk and glove box key code
18 door and gas cap key code

were all eliminated.

In other words, this data card contains text/boxes

1 Vehicle Data
2 Please provide serial number when ordering spare parts
3 Do not leave data card in vehicle!
4 Model
5 Body No.
6 Serial No./VIN
7 Paint code
8 Upholstery
9 Engine No.
11 Transmission No.
13 Headlight supplier
19 5 tires, brand (Phoenix, Continental)
a Production shift No.
c Production No.
e Order No.
f Rarely ordered
g Remark box
h Date of first registration
i Oil brand
j Date of delivery

as data card version 2 does, although the layout in the bottom half has changed. The more detailed explanation of these texts/boxes can be found above in chapter Data Card Version 2 under these numbers/letters.

Two new boxes introduced in August 1969 and new on this version are

24Hauptschluessel, alle SchloesserMaster key code, all locks
25Nebenschluessel Lenkung, Tueren und TankValet key code, ignition, doors and gas cap

The valet key does not open the trunk and glove box, i.e. as of that time the car came with only two keys instead of three. (Previously: Ignition key, door and gas cap key, trunk and glove box key)
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