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1988 Mercedes-Benz 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 beautiful SL has been incredibly well-cared for in sunny conditions it's whole life, and with what is believed to be 89k original miles and a full maintenance history, it will sure see decades more of fun in the sun.

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 bright red flanks of this SL. Repainted five years ago (documented with receipts), there are no ripples, no sags, no orange peel, just a vivid, deep finish that clearly says this car is for the person who knows the difference between good enough and exceptional. 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 largely free of driveway scuffs and road rash, while out back, a subtle federally mandated third brake light perches at the edge of the trunk lid. Things like the rubber bumper guards, rub strips, and chrome-ringed grille are all in excellent condition, suggesting that this SL, like most, has lived a very easy Southern life.

Inside is all stock and very well-preserved, and the lovely tan hides contrast smartly with the bright red exterior. The seats are in good condition with only modest signs of wear and they're extremely comfortable, making this the ideal car for long highway drives. The fat steering wheel is nicely weighted, and an airbag was standard equipment by 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. The SL is strictly a two-seater, with a small package shelf behind the seats and a fully finished trunk to provide reasonable accommodations for two peoples' luggage. All SLs were equipped with two tops as standard, a folding canvas convertible top and a matching red hardtop, making it a car that's ready for any occasion.

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. With a rumbling, powerful idle, this muscular powerplant moves the roadster with ease, 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 torque, making it feel like a German muscle car. 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, everything is factory-spec, right down to the exhaust system, and it's in great condition thanks excellent service, where the service records indicate fresh brakes, new valve seals, a new radiator, fuel pump, and fuel accumulator, new shocks, front control arms, ball joints, and bushings, plus a tune up. Someone has already done the expensive stuff for you. Traditional Mercedes-Benz alloys were revised for the 560, and these carry 205/65/15 Michelin radials.

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" and it's no different today. This one is about as clean and documented as they come, and likely won't last long! Call now!

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  • Seatbelts
  • Power Windows
  • Power Steering
  • Power Brakes
  • Fuel Injection
  • Four Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Cruise Control
  • Leather Seats
  • Heat
  • Air Conditioning
  • Removable Hard Top
  • Manual Convertible Top
  • Defrost
  • CD Player
  • AM/FM Radio
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