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Spotted in China: W202 Mercedes-Benz C-Class times Two

Published on August 4, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: W202 Mercedes-Benz C-Class times Two

A fine W202 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, Spotted in China just outside the Third Ring Road in east Beijing. The good Benz is fitted with a period-optional body kit, making it look a lot more sporty. The wheel covers however are bog standard. The silver sedan was in a very good shape, which isn’t an easy thing to achieve as parts and expertise are hard to find.

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The W202 was manufactured from 1994 until 2000 and it was never officially exported to China, so seeing one is a rare pleasure. Black license plates indicates this Mercedes once belonged to a foreign-funded company. In the 1980’s and the 1990’s such companies were allowed to import their own cars for company work.

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Happily I met yet another W202 just a few days later, this time on a car market just inside the Fifth Ring Road in far east Beijing. Black license plates again. Trim level and alloys indicate this is a high spec car. Benz star sadly missing and mirrors are not original.

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The body however is in great shape without any sign of rust or dust. The W202 was available with a long line of engines. The least powerful was a 1.8 liter four-cylinder petrol with 74hp, and the most powerful engine was the manic 4.3 liter V8 in the C43 AMG, good for 306hp.

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