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Posted - 06/23/2018 :  15:33:04  Show Profile  Visit AdrianVega's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Gentlemen I own car #1673 ordered in '68 and sold in Bielefeld Germany in February of 1969.
I was wondering what kind of printed material came with the car.
An owner's manual of course and the maintenance schedule but were there other things? And did they come in a pouch? And where was it stored? Glovebox or this thing fixed to the left upright trunk panel of a car I once looked at.
Also what brochures may the original owner may have looked at prior to the purchase at Fa. Kirstein & Sauer, Bielefeld in October of 1968.
Was there a special brochure just for the 6.3?
I would like to collect all those things for my car in the original German version.

Art Love

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Posted - 06/23/2018 :  20:00:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I believe the items would have been in a pouch in the glovebox. If the 600 is a guide [the pouch was long gone from my 6.3's], the pouch may have contained, in addition to the items you mentioned, a booklet for the Becker radio. One item I have that was not in the car, but was relevant at the time was a Service Supplement specific to the 6.3 to add to the Service Manual for the other 108/109 cars of the time. It is the same height and width as the bound manual with the same colour scheme with a forward dated April 1968. The one I have is for the Export Service and is in English and its code is KD 00 102 1103 00 - 668 2,7 if that is any help

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Posted - 06/24/2018 :  08:47:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There would have been a parts catalog. could be a dealer/service location book. In the trunk there is a lug bolt instruction card

If you search ebay you should find a variety of marketing literature for your particular year and model.




shop service manual


dealer price card


The trick is in finding the one for your year. regular search of ebays will eventually find them.

68 250S, 77 450SEL 6.9, 91 300SE, 98 SL500, 14 CLS550
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Posted - 06/24/2018 :  16:34:54  Show Profile  Visit AdrianVega's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you Art. And Rumb thank you for the links. I thought of German Ebay but could not find a link to the German site on US ebay.
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Posted - 06/24/2018 :  17:15:33  Show Profile  Visit AdrianVega's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Art's post jogged my memory and I remember looking through the Becker pamphlet that came with my dad's new Ford back then.
A new car owner would not have ordered a parts or shop manual I assume so I want to get the contents of the pouch in German and dated to my car. The other manuals I will get in English.
Here are a few pics I found on the internet.

This one shows the contents of the pouch. A few are not clear to me.
They seem to big for the pouch.

This is a trunk pic with a pouch holder? It was in a 6.3 I looked at 15 years ago.

More paperwork. Again some is not clear to me.

Even more 6.3 paperwork. This one is interesting. All seem to fit the pouch.

The datacard. Was it part of the pouch?

And the Scheckheft - Maintenance booklet.

Edited by - AdrianVega on 06/24/2018 18:18:15
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Posted - 06/24/2018 :  19:40:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

the second picture is a "holder for a first-aid-kit-box"
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Posted - 06/25/2018 :  08:22:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
datacard goes into the car, but the one without numbers in field 24/25 (See the card on the tunisbeige bonnet). The datacard with numbers in this field belongs to the owner´s safe. Datacard was stored in the service booklet to make sure that the dealer had the card available to order parts.

The manuel (Bedienungsanleitung) and the manual for the airco (Klimaanlage or Kühlanlage - depends on production year and if this option was ordered in Germany!) was also stored in the car.
The last booklet which was in any case in the car, is the white one with the earth on it. That´s the service station list for Europe, Asia and Afria. Then, depending on the order, the "Cangol" sheet which is the manual of the seat belts. For a 69 delivered car this was an option in Germany, too. Then, again depending on the order, a manual from Becker for the Radio and (if ordered) for the automatic antenna. This was a booklet from Hirschmann. The size is less than a half of the manuals from MB.
On the tunisbeige bonnet is on the Right a paper with a metal. this seems to be a Card for the spare tire. But I`don`t know exactly was is written there.
P.S.: On the back of each booklet is a "printed" information. This information is older than the cars and indicates if it`s the correct paper for your car.
P.P.S: Kirstein & Sauer still exists…

Edited by - Hendrik on 06/25/2018 09:06:46
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Posted - 06/25/2018 :  19:08:56  Show Profile  Visit tom.hanson's Homepage  Reply with Quote
USA models also would have come with a small metal plate, the size of a business card, that had the chassis number, engine number, owner's name and address, etc, that they used to imprint on repair orders. They used these on warranty repair orders and routine service work as well. Every car I've ever seen new had all the small books in a plastic pouch as shown in the previous pictures. Replacement pouches are available, but they are clear.

Tom Hanson
Supervisor, Parts Sales
MB Classic Center USA
949 598-4842 direct
ex - 1970 6.3 #4045
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Posted - 07/13/2018 :  19:33:48  Show Profile  Visit AdrianVega's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ebay was my friend and for $37 i was able to buy a few items. Now that I know what to look for and know where the manuals and pouch age I am ready to buy real nice items for my car.
This lot included a German 6.3 owners manual
a 300SEb parts catalog
a 6.3 Air condition manual
a maintenance booklet for a 280SE in a pouch with metal tag for a 230SL from La Jolla.



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