The Mercedes-Benz W114 and W115 chassis and body models are a series of sedans and coupés introduced by Mercedes-Benz in 1968. They were manufactured through model year 1976, and are distinguished in the marketplace by names relating to the sizes of their engines.
The W114 models featured six-cylinder engines and were marketed as the 230, 250, and 280, while W115 models featured four-cylinder engines and were marketed as the 200, 220, 230, and 240.
Shared Chassis and Body, Model Variants
These vehicles were styled by Paul Bracq, and featured a three-box design. Mercedes marketed their sedans at this time in two size classes. The W114 and W115 were positioned below the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Beginning in 1968, Mercedes marketed this W114/W115 model range as the “New Generation Models” by giving their ID plates the designation ‘/8’ (due to their 1968 Launch year). Because they were the only truly new cars of the so-called ‘New Generation’ and because of the ‘/8’ or ‘slash eight’ designation, the W114 and W115 models ultimately received the German nickname Strich Acht. Loosely translated into the English, this meant – stroke eight.