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Upholstery Codes

This material is part of a chapter on Data Cards.

The upholstery codes were listed in box 17 (version 1) or in box 8 (versions 2, 3 and 4) of the data card, as shown in the data cards section above.

MB Tex (vinyl-type) and leather seats were available for the W113 (fabric was not an option). MB Tex codes start with a 1 as the first digit, leather codes with a 2.

The combination of seat color and carpet color listed here was the recommended pairing for certain vehicle colors. If a customer wanted a different, i.e. not-recommended, combination, like red car with green hardtop and blue carpets, he/she could order it (but in all likelihood had to make a substantial deposit).

More information on the colors and materials of other parts in the interior of the vehicle can be found below at the end of this chapter.

Pictures of carpet colors can be found at several manufacturer or retailer websites, e.g.

KHM at http://www.cabrio.de/seite19_teppichmaterialien.htm

SLS at http://213.239.220.84/bin/dbframes.phtml?mid=IN02

And, again, keep in mind "seeing pictures on a computer monitor is no way to pick a color for a car. There are way too many variables that can possibly distort the accuracy of the color, including the settings on your monitor, the particular print of the photo, the scan, the way the sun was hitting the car in the photo, etc."(51)

The following upholstery codes were available: (The number behind the color name is the color code number.)

MB Tex codes 112 through 124 were available for the 230 SL and 250 SL.

These cars had Boucle (square weave) carpeting. For early 230 SL production, up to VIN 012466, some carpets actually had two threads with different colors, e.g. black and grey square weave carpet combined with black interior (32).

SampleUph. CodeSeat ColorCarpet Color
112turquoise 2200turquoise 6218
113bronze 2400brown 6454
(56)113bronze 
114natural 2401brown 6454
115dark blue 2300graphite grey 6117
116caviar 2100black 6125
(54)116caviar 
117red 2500medium red 6509
118light grey 2101dark grey 6143
119white grey 2102creme 6434
120cognac 2402brown 6454
121creme 2403brown 6454
122light red 2505medium red 6509
123medium blue 2310blue 6314
124green 2712green 6213

MB Tex codes 131 through 147 were available for the 280 SL.

These cars had Tufting (multi-loop) carpeting.

SampleUph. CodeSeat ColorCarpet Color
131black 9000dark brown 7006
132red 3000red 3004
133light red 3001light red 3008
(60)133light red 3001 
134green 6000dark green 6002
(60)134green 6000 
(60)134 dark green 6002 carpet
135blue 5000dark blue 5003
136grey 7000dark grey 7006
137grey 7000blue 5003
138dark brown 8010dark brown 8015
139bamboo 8011brown 8008
140cognac 8006brown 8008
(58)140cognac 8006brown 8008
(55)141beige 8000beige 8003
142beige 8000?
143beige 8000?
144parchment 8014dark grey 7006
145parchment 8014blue 5003
146parchment 8014dark brown 8015
147parchment 8014red 3004

Leather codes 201 through 232 were available for the 230 SL.

These cars had Boucle (square weave) carpeting. For early 230 SL production, up to VIN 012466, some carpets actually had two threads with different colors, e.g. black and grey square weave carpet combined with black interior (32).

Leather codes 201 through 211 were available for the 250 SL.

These cars had Boucle (square weave) carpeting.

SampleUph. CodeSeat ColorCarpet Color
201black 953black6125
202red 641burgundy 6510
203red 1079medium red 6509
204light red 1088medium red 6509
205blue 979graphite grey 6117
206medium blue 354blue 6314
207light grey 955dark grey 6314
209creme 1060brown 6454
210natural 1068brown 6454
211dark green 1073green 6213
212reseda green 1078green 6213
213light yellow 1065black 6125
214rust red 1099rust red 6508
216cognac 1505brown 6454
217turquoise 1101turquoise 6218
(36)217turquoise 
218bronze 5400brown 6454
219natural 1098brown 6454
(34)219natural 
220dark blue 5300graphite grey 6117
221white grey 5102creme 6434
222burgundy 1087burgundy 6510
223medium grey 655anthracite 6143
224light olive 653green 6213
230egg shell 1112black 6125
231anthracite grey 5111black 6125
232brown 572brown 6454

Leather codes 241 through 257 were available for the 280 SL.

These cars had Tufting (multi-loop) carpeting.

SampleUph. CodeSeat ColorCarpet Color
241black 9000dark grey 7006
(13)241black 9000dark grey 7006
242red 3000red 3004
243light red 3001light red 3008
(13)243light red 
244green 6000dark green 6002
245blue 5000blue 5003
246grey 7000dark grey 7006
(18)246grey 7000 
247grey 7000blue 5003
248dark brown 8010dark brown 8015
(45)248dark brown 
249bamboo 8011brown 8008
250cognac 8006brown 8008
(13)250cognac 8006brown 8008
251beige 8000beige 8003
254parchment 8014dark grey 7006
(13)254parchment 8014 
255parchment 8014blue 5003
256parchment 8014dark brown 8015
257parchment 8014red 3004

The choice of an upholstery had, of course, consequences on the colors used for other parts in the interior of the vehicle. For some - and not all - of these parts, production used tables which identified the correct combinations. Since there were frequent changes (three models, and about annual changes within the models), the correct combinations for an individual vehicle can be different from others in close serial number range. (Minor example: Early 230SLs had black ashtray lid covers, later ones had them color coordinated to the upholstery.)

An example for early 280SLs for code 241 - 245 is shown here in German; English below (67):

When trying to identify the original combination for the correct restoration of a vehicle it is therefore imperative to get the proper build-sheet for the serial number range of your car. This sheet can be obtained from the Classic Center.

On the other hand, this sheet also helps to identify which parts in a car ordered with leather upholstery are actually made of leather. Some parts are made of imitation leather (MB-Tex); also - not identified here in the table - parts made of leather can be regular leather (e.g. seats) or thin leather ("Spaltleder", e.g. crank inserts). And, but you knew that, it also shows that your beloved car is at least partially made out of painted cardboard.
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