Mercedes Benz Classics: Owners Operation, Service, and Repair Workshop Manuals

MB 114 – W115

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

Mercedes W114 W115 Cutaway

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.

These models can become quite challenging to restore depending on the level of deterioration from rust and neglect. Several buyers guide sources offer insight into what to look for when making a determination on whether the car is worth restoring. These sources include: