In 1986, Mercedes-Benz shipped its most powerful SL of the decade to the U.S. in the 560SL. The car was also the heaviest of the 1971-89 R107 SLs that Mercedes produced. However, the new 5.5-liter V-8 engine’s 227 HP more than made up for the increased weight of the new car. Top speed was much improved (from 110 mph in the 380SL to 130 mph 560SL), and the car was quicker from a standstill to 60 mph by about 4 full seconds.
The increased engine torque greatly improved the cars’ driving dynamics. Likewise, the car received a new rear suspension and a limited-slip differential to better handle the added torque and power. Mercedes-Benz also added anti-lock brakes, leather upholstery, an alarm system, and an air bag, all of which better suited Mercedes’ flagship roadster.
The 560SL sold well with average annual sales exceeding 12,000 units, which outpaced the 450SL and 380SL. Nonetheless, Mercedes retired the R107 chassis in 1990, introducing the first all-new SL in 18 years. Today, many enthusiasts gravitate towards the 560SL as it retains some of the original lines of the pagoda SLs while carrying with it all of the R107’s advances. It remains a popular choice for those enthusiasts who value verve and build quality for a low price of entry.
Paul Russell and Company is pleased to offer the following 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL. This completely original car has been meticulously maintained and has only covered 10,293 miles since new. The car has been kept in a temperature controlled garage. It was originally purchased at Marsh Motors in Hamden, CT for $63,410 and comes with its original Window Sticker. It presents beautifully in its 623 Light Ivory over 273 Dark Brown Leather interior. It also comes with the optional 745 Dark Brown soft top and 623 Light Ivory colored hard top. The car features Mercedes-Benz’s excellent 5.6 liter V8 engine mated to a smooth 4 speed automatic transmission. It also includes a Becker Mexico radio, original tool roll, and original manuals. This car is truly a time capsule that looks and run beautifully. 560 SL’s in this condition and with such low miles are getting increasingly difficult to find and are great to drive and enjoy on any occasion.$65,000
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