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Our featured Paul Bracq –designed Benz is a 280C, meaning that the engine is the largest available for these cars, but it's fitted with a Solex carburetor instead of the 280CE's Bosch D-Jetronic electronic fuel injection, or einspritzung. That would give the M110 engine 160 horsepower, but the carbureted one has to do with 145. The automatic transmission here is a four-speed. While the car has a full-length center console – a Mercedes-Benz first – the automatic is still column-