When your favorite fiction authors write about cars, do they get the details correct? (Part 1)

1980 Mercedes 300SD wipers small

The fact that somebody, or some thing, riding on the hood of the car could easily grab onto the wipers means that the car was a 116-body Mercedes S-class of 1973-80 vintage.  Since diesel engines were not available in that model before 1978, "The Princess" was definitely a 1978, 1979, or 1980 model.  The next generation Mercedes S-class had recessed wipers tucked under the hood that would be very hard to reach.

The fact that somebody, or some thing, riding on the hood of the car could easily grab onto the wipers means that the car was a 116-body Mercedes S-class of 1973-80 vintage. Since diesel engines were not available in that model before 1978, “The Princess” was definitely a 1978, 1979, or 1980 model. The next generation Mercedes S-class had recessed wipers tucked under the hood that would be very hard to reach.

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