W114 Time­line

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driving -


Mercedes be­gins de­vel­op­ment work, with pri­or­ity given to max­imis­ing in­te­rior space. Orig­i­nally the four­cylin­der ver­sion was go­ing to look very dif­fer­ent in or­der to dif­fer­en­ti­ate it from the range-top­ping cars – in­clud­ing a sim­pler front end with hor­i­zon­tal rather than ver­ti­cal lights – but the idea was dropped three years later. An es­tate was also de­vel­oped, but never went into se­ries pro­duc­tion.


Mercedes re­places its ‘Fin­tail’ sa­loon mod­els with the new model, aimed at broad­en­ing the mar­que’s global ap­peal. It’s de­vel­oped un­der two sep­a­rate model codes – W114 for the six-pot mod­els, and W115 for its four­cylin­der sib­lings – but both use a more pack­ag­ingfriendly three-box bodyshell styled by French­man Paul Bracq.


Mercedes treats both the sa­loon and coupé mod­els to a facelift, iden­ti­fi­able by a lower bon­net line and a sin­gle front bumper rather than two smaller ones ei­ther side of the reg­is­tra­tion plate. The in­te­rior’s also fit­ted with in­er­tia­reel seat­belts, and a new padded steer­ing wheel.


Pro­duc­tion of the W114 and W115 ends in or­der to make way for the new W123 range of sa­loons, es­tates and coupés. More than 1.9 mil­lion of the Stuttgart man­u­fac­turer’s mid-range mod­els – and the fore­bear to to­day’s E-Class – have been sold, but only 67,048 of them are twodoors.

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