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Define the component. Include, if known, the german language word for the component, as well as the English or American equivalent. Show a picture, a diagram.

  • Its technical name & common name(s)
  • part # - start year & end year
  • which area it belongs to - engine, transmission, body, injection etc, link back to the relevant section
  • Leather
  • MB Tex


Describe, in general terms the function of this component. Meaning what is it there for and what role it plays. Describe how it works, the inside mechanism. Use diagrams to explain.


Describe common maintenance procedures, and common faults that may occur. Describe how these may be diagnosed and resolved. Again, include diagrams, photographs and explanations. Where possible, include measures, tolerances, weights etc.

  • Symptoms when it faults
  • How to test if it is faulty - what tools to use
  • How to fix / change

Link to related components where appropriate.

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How does the leather interior from Gahh compare with the original 280 SL leather? I'm considering changing my well broken-in black MB Tex to black leather - but only if it looks original...

I redid my complete interior in leather. However, my set included a piece of vinyl in matching color for the soft top boot cover. You need a lot of flexibility to make the inner curve. I'm not sure I could've stretched the leather enough.

My original black MBtex is cracked and brittle, but it's still presentable and original looking. I'm deciding whether to leave it as is, or replace it with leather. Are the aftermarket leather kits an improvement over the original MBtex? How do they compare with the original 1960's leather? Which is the best brand for quality?

I am lining my glove box with leather and I've noticed that the leather on the cars that I've seen has sewn seams left and right where the material meets in the rear-ward curves between the vertical and horizontal surfaces. On cars covered with MB-Tex vinyl these seems are formed only by gluing the material cleanly into the corners with no sewn seam. Is that observation correct? Do original leather vehicles have sewn seams? Does anyone have good pictures of an original type leather glove box interior? Also, is the leather on the floor of the glove box also glued to a fitted piece of card board as with the Mb-Tex type set-up? Thanks a lot.

That's correct, the leather lining in the glove box has sewn seams. You can see this on the pictures Doug Kim posted here in our photos section a while ago. I don't know exactly now about the bottom of the glove box. I believe it is glued to a piece of sheet metal or aluminum but not cardboard. I might be wrong there now but I do know that there were minor changes during the production run - at least for the 230.

MB Tex

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