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General Information:

  • This model was painted all "Phantom Black."
  • The serial number was on a plate riveted to the swivel bracket above and between the clamp screws..
  • Serial numbers 2736807 thru 2951848 were 1970 models.
  • Serial numbers 3008819 thru 3176682 were 1971 models.
  • Serial numbers 3235063 thru 3352154 were 1972 models.
  • Serial numbers 3478003 thru 3816307 were 1973 models.
  • 1970-73 Merc 500's were produced in Merc 500M (Manual Starting, Short Shaft,) Merc 500ML (Manual Starting, Long Shaft,) Merc 500E (Electric Starting, Short Shaft, with Alternator) and Merc 500EL (Electric Starting, Long Shaft, with Alternator)