W109 Models

Not all 300’s were air-sprung! The early 300SEs produced from 1965 to 1967 actually had coil-spring suspensions, and had a chassis designation of 108.105. However, only 2,737 of these models were actually made! The model name “300” came from the engine’s displacement (2996cc, to be exact), but later the engine was replaced with the more durable 2.8L m130, simply keeping the “300” name to designate it as the air-suspension model in the 300SEL.

Model info for 300s is shown below.

300SE
chassis 108.015
2,737 built
170 HP M189.989
0-100km/h in 12.0s
Fuel-injected aluminum-block M189  Рone of the rarest MB engines built.
Fitted with coil spring suspension

300SEL (M189)
chassis 109.015
2,369 built
170 HP M189.988
0-100km/h in 12.0s
Fuel-injected aluminum-block M189 and air suspension.

300SEL (M130)
chassis 109.016
6,526 built
160 HP M130.981
0-100km/h in 12.2s
Fuel-injected cast-iron m130 engine.

300SEL 3.5 (M116)
chassis 109.056
9,483 built
200 HP M116.981
0-100km/h in 10.0s
D-Jetronic Fuel-injected SOHC 3.5L V8. Vented front disc brakes, rear disc brakes. Same wheelbase as the 280SEL 3.5, but with air-suspension.

300SEL 4.5 (m117)
chassis 109.057
2,533 built
230 HP M117.981
0-100km/h in 9.5s
D-Jetronic Fuel-injected SOHC 4.5L V8. Vented front disc brakes, rear disc brakes. Same wheelbase as the 280SEL 4.5, but with air-suspension.

300SEL 6.3 (M100)
chassis 109.018
6,526 built
300 HP M100.981
0-100km/h in 6.5s
Mechanically fuel-injected, SOHC cast-iron block 6.3L V8. Actual displacement 6332ccm. Air-suspension 109 chassis, with anti-dive braking system. Limited-slip rear differential standard. We have a dedicated 6.3 page. For more 6.3 articles, the m-100 group site has detailed article pages.