1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SLSOLD

1988 Mercedes 560SL

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With its origins dating back to 1972 and the 350SL, this superbly preserved 1988 Mercedes Benz 560SL is the final evolution of the R107 chassis, and is unquestionably the best of the breed. Replacing the somewhat underpowered 3.8 liter V8 in the 380SL, the 560SL got a muscular 5.6 liter V8, a 4-speed automatic transmission, and a host of chassis and styling upgrades that make it the one to own if you're a collector or just someone who appreciates precision machinery. This particular SL has just 9812 original miles, and shows in as-new condition in virtually every measurable way. Part of Mercedes-Benz's quality is the finish of the paint, and on this red roadster, it's absolutely immaculate. There truly was a difference between a mass-produced low-priced car and this top-of-the-line cruiser, and it is immediately apparent when you look down the flanks of this SL. There are no ripples, no sags, no orange peel, just a vivid, deep red finish that clearly says this car is worth every penny of its whopping $62,430 sticker price. The doors fit the way you would expect from a Mercedes, and the big hood opens and closes with just your fingertips. The 560 received a modest chin spoiler, and on this car it is free of driveway scuffs and road rash, while out back, a subtle federally mandated third brake light perches at the edge of the small trunk lid. A gold pinstripe extends front to rear, accenting the SL's clean, simple shape. Things like the rubber bumper guards, rub strips, and chrome-ringed grille are all in new condition. This car has been dressed up with chrome fender lip guards, but otherwise is in 100% stock condition. Inside, the MB-Tex vinyl was replaced by genuine leather in the 560, and the lovely tan hides contrast smartly with the bright red exterior. As with the rest of this car, it is in superb condition throughout with no signs of wear and only the slightest indications of age. The manual seats are nicely sculpted and extremely comfortable, with supportive backrests and firm foam underneath, making this the ideal car for long highway drives. The fat steering wheel is nicely weighted, and an airbag was standard equipment in 1988. The gauge layout is straightforward and elegantly simple in traditional Mercedes-Benz fashion, and the controls for things like the climate control and radio fall easily to hand. Burled walnut warms up the console area, and the deep carpets remain in almost new condition with no soiling or damage. The SL is a real two-seater, with a small package shelf behind the seats, and a fully finished trunk provides reasonable accommodations for two peoples' luggage. This car is equipped with two tops, a black canvas convertible top and a matching red hardtop, both of which are in superb condition. The 5.6 liter V8 is the most potent engine ever offered in US-bound R107 SLs, making a fairly robust 227 horsepower and 287 pounds of torque. While this may seem modest by today's standards, bear in mind that this two seater weighs a relatively svelte 3650 pounds. With a rumbling, powerful idle, this muscular powerplant moves the roadster smartly, and despite being a luxury car first and a sports car second, it is remarkably potent on the road. This engine's real strength lies in its almost boundless reserves of power, making it feel like this car as at the end of a giant recoiling rubber band that can accelerate the car forever. Unobtrusive when you want it quiet, and ready to play whenever the roads turn twisty, the mechanicals in this SL make it the ideal dance partner. Underneath, the chassis is also beautifully preserved, and if this car has seen more than a passing rain shower, I'd be surprised. Everything is original, right down to the exhaust system, which tells you how nicely preserved this car really is. Traditional Mercedes-Benz wheels were freshened for the 560, still wearing 15-inch rubber but with a more aerodynamic design than previous models. Documentation on this wonderful SL includes the original window sticker and owner's manuals. In the 560SL, Mercedes got it all just right, offering essentially bullet-proof reliability, satisfying power, and aggressive good looks. The 560SL combined all that Mercedes learned about the V8 R107 chassis cars into a cultural icon that quietly and confidently told the world its occupants had "arrived." Beautifully preserved, this might be one of the nicest R107 SLs available anywhere at any price. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.

Reference Number 122833

as of 4/21/2011

Overview
Car 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL
VIN WDBBA48D9JA081000 
Mileage 9,812 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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