Option Codes

August 8, 2017
Posted by: Marketing Team

Option Codes

Many options were available from the factory for the W113; each option has a corresponding code number. Over time, the terms:

  • special version code / option code
  • SA = Sonderausführungen / Sonderausstattungen /
  • SE = special equipment

seem to have been used somewhat interchangeable and indiscriminately to refer to these code numbers. This subject is further complicated because there are two distinctly different types of code numbers used for different purposes. Herein, we will use option code to refer to a three-digit number and SA code to refer to a five-digit number.

Option codes are three-digit numbers used to specify optional equipment either desired or present on a specific vehicle. This number is used to communicate between the purchaser / owner, sales staff, factory, and parts / service agencies. It is present on the sales contract, vehicle data card, and window sticker in the US.

In addition to these factory installed options the dealers could also install factory approved parts at the point of sale. For example, a car was delivered without a radio and the dealer installed a Becker Grand Prix radio at the customer’s request. In this case the car’s data card would not show option code 51/6 since it was not installed when built at the factory.

Not all options were available in all years of production, and in all countries. Depending on the distribution (Sales Market) area, options in one country may have been standard in another.

There are many more option codes than are shown here, some only applicable to specific countries, and apply only for certain time periods. Thus be careful, one option code can have more than one part associated with it; it depends on the time frame and/or the country.

In extremely rare cases (probably less than 50 out of +45,000 data cards) one might encounter a situation where an installed option was not listed on the data card. But the factory even accounted for those cases by using option codes 991, 992 and 993, (see list of option codes below) or by adding a 1-digit number (“1″,”2″,3”) in the “Hinweis” box on the data card. See description under Data Cards.

If you see a code on your data card that is not listed here, we will be happy to try to identify it (via sl113.org).

Additionally, have a look at these sites:



which list a large number of more obscure codes.

SA codes are five-digit numbers used to specify the parts or service literature that describes the actual part or set of parts installed on a vehicle. These numbers are generally only used by the factory and parts / service agencies; they are not exposed to the purchaser / owner.

It might be reasonable to think there is a one-to-one relationship between an option code and an SA code. In some cases this is true.

For example, option code 600 “Garnish mouldings used for hardtop” maps directly to SA 55 629 (contains part numbers for the mouldings and securing hardware) . At other times, one option code maps to multiple SA codes. For example, option code 422 “Power steering” maps to SA 10 560 and SA 10 717. SA 10 560 covers the steering box and other parts that are not engine dependent. SA 10 717 covers the power steering pump and other engine specific parts required to fit power steering to the M129 and M130E engines. There are even examples of an option code which has no corresponding SA code. Option code 744 indicates that the folding top fabric should be dark blue – as there are no special parts required for this option, there is no corresponding SA code.

The following list contains option codes that you may (or may not) find on your data card: (39)

003 – 059 Steuerungscode Produktion Logistics code for production
200 Frostschutzfuellung Anti-freeze (code used 1968 – 1972)
201 – 209 Betriebsanleitung, Wartungsheft, Hinweisschilder in versch. Sprachen Owners Manual, Service booklet, various labels in various languages
212 Hinterachse 1: 3.92 Rear axle ratio 1: 3.92. This ratio was standard in the US from 280SL 011132 until end of production.
With codes 212, 232, 255 various rear axle ratios were available. The actual ratio is stamped on the rear axle housing itself; the early location of this number was in the rear, the later location on the left side of the differential (40).
215 Federn haerter Stiffer springs
222 Verbandskasten First aid kit
224 Kofferraumbeleuchtung Trunk lighting (optional early, standard later)
226 Befestigung f. Warndreieck Mounting hardware for warning triangle
227 Waermedaemm. Glas, Coupe-Dach Tinted glass, hardtop, 230 SL
228 Waermedaemm. Glas, Seiten,Heck Tinted glass, side+rear windows, 230 SL
229 Waermedaemm. Glas, Windschutzscheibe Tinted glass, windshield, 230 SL
230 ZF 5-Gang Getriebe ZF 5-speed manual transmission (only available in comb. with code 232)(available May 1966 – Feb 1971 (worldwide) perhaps until late 1969 for the US) “There were about 850 Pagodas built with 5 speeds. Total production that includes 113, 112, 111, 108 and maybe 109 was around 1,400 so they’re very rare regardless of what car they were used on.” (66)
232 Hinterachse 1 : 4.08 Rear axle ratio 1: 4.08. This ratio was standard in the US from 250SL 002442 to 280SL 011131
246-247 Heckscheibe elektr. heizbar (Coupedach) Rear window electr. heated, safety glass (hardtop)
248 Heckscheibe elektr. heizbar, 280SL Rear window electr. heated, compound glass, 280SL
249 Heckscheibe elektr. heizbar, waermedaemm. Glas, 280 SL Rear window electrically heated, tinted glass, 280SL
254 Wegfall Schriftzug “Automatic” Omit lettering “Automatic” (trunklid)
255 Hinterachse 1: 3.69 (km-Anzeige) Rear axle ratio 1: 3.69 (reading in kilometer)
256 HA mit Sperrdifferential Rear axle with limited slip differential (250 SL/280 SL)
260 Wegfall Typkennzeichen Heck Elimination of model designation on trunk lid
269 Gepaeckgalerie Roof rack; only possible in combination with code 600
269 Optional roof rack (1)
Besides the optional Hardtop-mounted roof rack a trunk lid mounted rack was also available in the aftermarket (41)
279 Antenne mech. ohne Radio Antenna, mechanically operated, when no radio is ordered
279 Alternative code: Behördenfahrzeug Public Authorities Sales
280 Koffersatz, 3-teilig, alle Trunk set, 3 pieces, 230/250/280 SL
281 Koffersatz, 4-teilig, 230 SL Trunk set, 4 pieces, 230 SL
281 (1)
282 Koffersatz, 3-teilig, 250/280SL mit Fondsitzbank Trunk set, 3 pieces, 250SL “California Coupe” (see code 417)
283 Koffersatz, 4-teilig, 250/280SL mit vorgeklappter Fondsitzbank Trunk set, 4 pieces, 250 SL “California Coupe” with folded rear bench(code 417)
288 Tonneaudecke (mit code 417) Tonneau cover (California coupe)
289 Skihalter Ski rack; only possible in combination with code 600
289 Installing the front part of the optional ski rack (18)
291 Kleiderkoffer gross Garment trunk, large
292 Waeschekoffer, mittel Linen case, medium size
293 Waeschekoffer, klein Linen case, small
294 Hutkoffer Hat box
295 Necessaire Beauty case
297 Schnallriemen und Befestigung Strap and mounting material for trunk
298 Schnallriemen und Befestigung Strap and mounting material for rear seat area (“California Coupe”)
305 Luefterkupplung Viskose Fan clutch, viscous
315 Warnblinkanlage USA Hazard warning light, US-version
319 Kiste fuer Coupe-Dach Box for hardtop
323 Verpackung fuer Export Special packaging for export vehicles, Paintwork preservation
324 1 kg Lack 1 kilogram paint
325 2 kg Lack 2 kilogram paint
328 Spezialverpackung Export Special packaging for export vehicles
345 Nebelscheinwerfer Halogen 280SL Separate halogen fog lamps, 280SL
345 Fog lamps on bumper (43). Usually, European cars had the fog lamps integrated in the lower part of the headlight unit. US version units did not have the integrated fog lamps. These separate fog lamps could be ordered.
350 Frostschutzfuellung Anti-freeze (see also code 200)
401 Einzelsitze Single seats (as opposed to bench)
411 Schiebedach mechanisch Manual sliding roof in hardtop (as of 1970)
411 There were two suppliers, Golde (crank operated) and Webasto (T-handle). On special order, an electrically operated Golde sliding roof was also available. (13) However, Jens Rath of Kienle Automobiltechnik GmbH writes that he has information from Mercedes Benz Classic, Stuttgart, Germany, that option code 411 is not valid for the W113 model series, and that only a few cars were converted with a mechanical sunroof by the system supplier Webasto after delivery.
414 Coupe-Dach (lose) Hardtop (separate)
415 Coupe-Dach ohne Roadster-Verdeck Hardtop, but no softtop.
This code was available for the 230SL; the car did have the softtop compartment (i.e., no California Coupe, see code 417)
416 Coupe-Dach montiert Hardtop, mounted
417 Coupe-Dach mit Fondsitzbank anstelle von Verdeckkasten und Verdeck “California Coupe”, hardtop and rear bench seat instead of softtop compartment and softtop (available for 250SL and 280SL)
417 California Coupe, leather. The seat back can be folded down and luggage stored on top of it(-)
This photo shows a California Coupe, without its hardtop, with the rear bench seat back folded down and a softtop that was added at a later time. You can only sit on the rear bench seat when the softtop is up.(18)
420 Automatisches Getriebe, Mittelschaltung Automatic transmission, floor shift
422 Servolenkung Power steering
423 Servolenkung Power Steering
426 Code 420+422 zusammen Combination Code 420+422
429 Code 230+422 zusammen Combination Code 230+422
431 Sicherheitsgurte vorn Safety belts, front
434 Sicherheitsgurte vorn, USA Safety belts, front, US version
440 Stossstaenger mit Hoernern, v+h Bumpers with guards, front and rear
441 Stossstaenger mit Hoernern, USA Bumpers with guards, US-version
441 Front bumper guards, US version (44)
451 Windschutzscheibe Verbundglas Windshield, laminated glass
452 Fanfare Zweiklang Two-tone horn
453 Code 451+452 zusammen Combination code 451+452
461 Instrument Meilen-Anzeige und englische Beschriftungen Instrument with mileage reading and English lettering
462 Zuendkerzen fuer Touristenfzg. Spark plugs for tourist vehicles (up to 3/66)
462 Nebelschlussleuchte, 280SL Rear fog lamp, 280SL (as of 68)
462 Rear fog lamp under the bumper(18)
462 Attach:Fog.jpg Δ Fog lamp installation instructions (65)
473 Motor mit niederer Verdichtung Low-compression engine (low octane areas)
481 Unterschutz Undershields (aka skid plates)
491 USA-Ausfuehrung US-Version
492 Groesserer Waermetauscher Heavy-duty heat exchanger
493 Groesserer Waermetauscher USA Heavy-duty heat exchanger, US-version
502 Aussenspiegel rechts Outside rear view mirror, on the right side
503 Aussenspiegel links Outside rear view mirror, on the left side
506 Aussenspiegel links und rechts Outside rearview mirrors, left and right
506 Right outside mirror, later version, on a left hand drive vehicle. The location is often critizised as ineffective. (18)
508 Aussenspiegel links im Beipack, Fuss montiert Left outside rearview mirror in bypack, base installed on door
510 Radio Becker Mexico (Olympia with stereo-cassette)
511 Radio Becker Mexico (LMKU)
512 Radio Becker Europa cassette
513 Radio Becker Europa stereo, USA
514 Radio Becker Europa LMKU (LW, AM, SW, FM)
515 Radio Becker AM, FM, USA
516 Radio Becker Grand Prix (LMKU)
517 Radio Becker Monte Carlo
518 Radio Becker Europa stereo
519 Radio Becker Grand Prix, USA
524 Lackkonservierung Paintcoat preservation
525 Reparatur Lack-Set Paint repair kit
531 Antenne automatisch Automatic antenna
532 Antenne automatisch ohne Radio Automatic antenna without radio set
533 Entstoerung ohne Radio Interference suppression w/o radio set
534 Antenne mechanisch ohne Radio Manual antenna without radio set
535 Code 532+533 zusammen Combination code 532+533
536 Code 533+534 zusammen Combination code 533+534
550 Anhaengevorrichtung, 280SL Trailer coupling, 280SL
551 Lenkrad elfenbeinfarbig Steering wheel, ivory colored
565 Fondsitz quer Rear seat, sideways
565 Rear seat, sideways, occupied (45)
566 Fondsitzbank und Lehne anstelle Gepäckablage Rear seat bench instead of parcel shelf
571 Kopfstuetze rechts Headrest, right
572 Kopfstuetze links Headrest, left
573 Kopfstuetzen links und rechts Headrests, left and right
582 From 01-04-1970 to 31-05-1972 Air Conditioner (Frigiking)
590 Waermedaemmendes Glas, Front Tinted glass, windshield, 250/280SL
591 Waermedaemmendes Glas, Front,Bandfilter Tinted glass, windshield, darker on top (US)
592 Waermedaemmendes Glas, Seiten Tinted glass, side windows, 250/280SL
593 Waermedaemmendes Glas, Heckscheibe Tinted glass, hardtop rear, 250/280SL
594 Waermedaemmendes Glas, Front+Seite Tinted glass, windshield and doors, 250/280SL
595 Waermedaemmendes Glas, Front+Seiten, Bandfilter Tinted glass, windshield and doors, darker on top
596 Waermedaemmendes Glas, Seite+Heck Tinted glass, doors and hardtop, 250/280SL
597 Waermedaemmendes Glas rundum Tinted glass, wrap-around, 250/280SL
598 Waermedaemmendes Glas, rundum,Bandfilter Tinted glass, wrap-around, darker on top
600 Zierstaebe fuer Coupe-Dach Garnish mouldings on hardtop
600 Hardtop with garnish mouldings. These mouldings are necessary to attach the optional roof rack (code 269) or ski rack (code 289).(13)
601 Oel fuer Sperrdifferential Oil for limited slip rear axle
608 code 600+601 zusammen combination code 600+601
610 Scheinwerfer gelb Headlamps with amber lenses (e.g., France)
611 Leuchteinheit sealed beam Linksverkehr Sealed beam headlights, left-lane traffic
612 Leuchteinheit sealed beam Rechtsverkehr Sealed beam headlights, right-lane traffic
613 Leuchteinheit asymmetrisch Linksverkehr Headlamps asymmetric, left-lane traffic
615 Zusatzblinkleuchten f. Italien Additional turn signal lamps for Italy
616 Leuchten f. Australien, Italien, England Lights for Australia, Italy, GB
617 Spezialleuchten fuer Italien Special lights mandated in Italy
618 Leuchteinheit Halogen (Fern-, Abblend-, Nebellicht in Leuchteinheit) Halogen headlamps (as of 4/70) (high-, low-beam and fog lamp in headlamp unit)
Standard European headlamps (18)
618 Optional European halogen headlamps (flat lens)(18)
620 Italien-Ausfuehrung Version for Italy
621 Kennzeichenschild Export Elimination of license plate moulding
622 England Ausfuehrung Version for GB
624 Schweden-Ausfuehrung Version for Sweden
629 Frankreich-Ausfuehrung Version for France
630 Guertelreifen Radial ply tires
631 Verbandskasten First aid kit (as of 1970, prev. code 222)
640 Leichtmetallraeder Light alloy rims “Bundt cake” (as of 10/69)

“Here’s an interesting excerpt I found from an old “Star” magazine that gives some history on these “old style” alloy wheels: The old style alloy wheels were initially a dealer installed option in the fall of 1969 on 1970 models. The part # 108 400 0902 is stamped on the inside of the rim. These wheels were painted silver, but not treated with a clear coat. After July 1970 cars ordered with the alloys were delivered direct from the factory with five alloy wheels.” (46)

641 Reifen Weisswand White-wall tires
641 2-piece hubcap, whitewall tires (18)
641 1-piece hubcap, whitewall tires (18)
642 Code 640+641 zusammen Combination code 640+641
642 Light-alloy wheels, whitewall tires (18)
645 Reifen M + S Winter tires
663 Kraftstoff 50 Liter 50 liters of fuel
664 to 669 Verpackungsarten various modes of shipping protection (styrofoam, cosmoline etc.)
671 Keine Varta Batterie No Varta battery
680 D-Schild D-sign (nationality label req. in Germany)
681 Betriebsanleitung, Schilder englisch Owners Manual, labels in English
682 Feuerloescher Fire extinguisher (code from about 1970 on)
687 Typschild mit Baujahr Model plate with production year
720 Verdeck-Stoff Folding (Soft) Top Fabric Black
746 Verdeck-Stoff Folding (Soft) Top Fabric Dark Brown 8023
820 Touristen-Fzge USA, Japan, AU European Delivery for US, Japan, Australia
835 Kokosmatten Coco mats
836 Feuerloescher Fire extnguisher (code up to about 1970)
875 Haftsuchscheinwerfer Spotlight, suction cup
980 Kfz-Brief German registration document
991 Fuer weitere codierte Sonderausfuehrungen siehe Produktionsauftrag I For other coded options see production order I
992 Fuer weitere nicht-codierte Sonderausfuehrungen siehe Produktionsauftrag I For other non-coded options see production order I
993 991 + 992
994 Standwagen f. Ausstellung (Motor & Karosserie nicht ausstellungsmaessig) Stationary car for display (engine and chassis not prepped)
995 Standwagen f. Ausstellung (Nur Karosserie ausstellungsmaessig) Stationary car for display (chassis prepped for display)
996 Vorfuehrwagen fuer Ausstellung Demonstration & test drive car at exhibitions
997 Standwagen f. Ausstellung (Motor & Karosserie ausstellungsmaessig) Stationary car for display (engine & chassis prepped for display)
998 Weitere Sonderwuensche siehe Produktionsauftrag I For further special requests see production order I

Dealer-installed options are not coded on the data card. The most popular dealer-installed option in the US, actually for some time installed before the car was sold, was Air Conditioning. In other countries, including Germany, non-Becker radios were often installed by the dealer or by the owner (never at the factory).

Editorial from Pagoda SL Group.

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