Mercedes-Benz 220 D

From Mercedes-Benz press: the 1969 Mercedes-Benz 220 D “Stroke Eight” (model series W 115).

The saloons and coupés of model series W 114 and W 115 are the first family of Mercedes-Benz vehicles to sell over a million units, with a total of more than 1.9 million of these cars being produced between 1968 and 1976. With sales of 412,829 saloons, the 220 D is the most successful member of this family of vehicles. These model series are commonly referred to as “Stroke Eight”, because in internal documentation their model designations are given a final slash “/8” to denote the 1968 launch year, making it easier to distinguish them from their predecessors. From the start, four petrol-engine-powered models and two diesel versions are available.

At the end of 1968, the range is extended to include an exclusive coupé version. There are also long-wheelbase saloons as well as chassis for ambulances and estates. The “Stroke Eight” remains the epitome of upper medium-size cars from
Mercedes-Benz’s programme for many years.

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