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1971 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 4.5 [W109]

1971 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 4.5 [W109] in Driving Miss Daisy, Movie, 1989 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: DE — Made for: USA

1971 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 4.5 [W109]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle

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Ralph DE

2006-04-09 17:41

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finally times a genuine SEL !!!

I would like to say a W108 because of the color and the wheel cover

DAF555 SE

2006-04-10 19:18

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vilero wrote [Image: MissDaisy73.jpg]


-- Last edit: 2012-03-16 13:38:04 (vilero)

DAF555 SE

2006-04-10 19:19

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Ralph wrote finally times a genuine SEL !!!

I would like to say a W108 because of the color and the wheel cover


Isnīt that what makes it a W109, the length?

DAF555 SE

2006-04-10 21:09

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DAF555 wrote

Isnīt that what makes it a W109, the length?


Of course it couldnīt be that simple, there are long wheelbase W108 also. Major difference seems to be in suspension, and in some cases the engines. W108 have coil suspension and W109 self-levelling air suspension. About the color I donīt know, but the wheel covers seems to be the same for both series as standard. Only external difference should be additional chrome around the windows for the W109. It looks like this one has got that, but Iīm not sure. And it would fit the caracter to have a 300 SEL rather than a 280 SEL and probably the car is powered with the 3.5 or 4.5 litre engine. But thatīs a guess of course.
So, if itīs a W108 itīs a 280 SEL and if itīs a W109 itīs a 300 SEL as a base, + 3.5, 4.5 or 6.3 for some of the cars.

junkman UK

2006-04-11 16:43

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DAF, albeit close, your explanation is not 100% complete.

The difference between a SE and a SEL is the wheelbase. The SEL is 10cm longer than the SE, which is very obvious when you compare the rear doors. The rear passenger compartment is where the stretch was made and the doors are thus visibly longer. The 'L' denotes 'lang', meaning long in German. The only other outwardly difference is, indeed, the chrome trim around the side windows.


The difference between a W108 and a W109 is the supension. The confusing point is, that the air-suspension models (W109s) were ONLY available with the long wheelbase, whereas the coil-sprung W108s were available with BOTH wheelbases.

Hence, the following models in each series did exist:

The W108 Models where:
250S - (1965-1969)
250SE - (1965-1968)
300SE - (1965-1967)
280S - (1967-1972)
280SE - (1967-1972)
280SEL - (1968-1971)
280SE 3.5 - (1970-1972)
280SEL 3.5 - (1970-1972)
280SE 4.5 - (1971-1972)
280SEL 4.5 - (1971-1972)

The W109 Models:
300SEL - (1965-1970)
300SEL 6.3 - (1967-1972)
300SEL 3.5 - (1969-1972)
300SEL 4.5 - (1971-1972)

The car in the picture is a SEL. Whether it is a W108 or W109 cannot be determined unless we either get a glimpse of what is written on the boot lid, or a ride in the car. However, judging from the odd stance I would guess, but only guess, it is a W109.

sveinn IS

2006-11-16 18:52

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This is a w109 300SEL. The chrome on the door/window frame is the givaway. The w108 only has a thin chrome frame.

darkbaron CA

2013-10-09 07:45

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