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1971 Mercedes 280SE

Not Running, Not Driving

Classic Velocity

After a nice drive on a sunny but cold day, the car suddenly stopped while travelling about 30MPH a quarter of a mile from the garage. There was no sputtering, no poor running, it just quit. It would crank, but not fire. Fortunately, I was walking distance from the garage, and came back to the car a little while later. Same thing, crank, but no fire. All spark plug wires were attached, looked like fuel was getting to the plugs, so no spark was the apparent reason. I towed it back, making this the shortest tow in the history of towing, but this car is heavy, and I needed to go uphill. I got a condenser and points, and I may go with electronic ignition, but first I want to find the culprit. Coil and the CDI are on the list of suspects.....