|June 20, 2018 1:17 pm||Auction started|
The 560SL was the culmination in the United States of what Mercedes-Benz internally referred to as the R107 chassis, a model run that lasted for 18 years, beginning in 1972 with the US introduction of the 350SL. In 1986, Mercedes-Benz shipped its most powerful (and heaviest) SL of the decade to the U.S. in the 560SL. As with all SL’s destined for the US, it housed a large 5.5L 227hp V8 mated to an automatic transmission. Top speed was much improved (from 110 mph in the 380SL to 130 mph), and the car was quicker to 60 mph by about 4 seconds (not that the intended use was tracking or streetlight racing of course).
To fit the needs of the upscale American buyer, options were limited and most of the 560’s came loaded with anti-lock brakes, leather upholstery, an alarm system, and an air bag. Original MSRP topped $64,000 by 1989…no small price tag in the 1980’s or even by today’s standards. The 560SL did well in its 4-year run, selling over 45,000 units in all. Nonetheless, Mercedes retired the R107 chassis in 1990, introducing the first all-new SL in 18 years of production.
Today we present to you a final year example of the R107 1989 560SL. This car has two tops with it, a color keyed red hard top, and a black convertible top. The car is reported to have had one repaint and the seller notes the trunk decklid has a slightly different color upon very close examination. Otherwise the car is said to have ice cold air conditioning with no reported smoking or leaks. This 560SL would make a great driver quality vehicle for someone looking for a last year model without the need to worry about mileage or retaining perfect showroom condition. It is fitted with an aftermarket radio and the seller does not have the original radio for it.
This 560 comes with two tops for year-round enjoyment. The color matched hardtop appears to fit nicely. No pictures of the black soft top were provided to us. This one did receive a respray at some prior point, the seller has no information on this. We can see areas of overspray in some areas in the engine bay and door jambs and seals. The seller reports in person the car is a nice respray with a slightly off color trunk decklid at close examination.
Aside from the repaint, the car appears to be all original outside. This one has chromeless fender lips and OEM 15″ wheels, a nice touch as opposed to the polished chrome.
Inside the original tan interior shows quite well in most places. We noticed a few blemishes inside, including some off color stains in the rear carpet area and the sun visors. The seats show well in the pictures and appear to have little wear considering the mileage. The original radio has been replaced with an aftermarket.
There are no shortage of SL’s still on the road, a testament to the quality and desirability to keep these running. Values remain quite constant over the past few years with a nice increase in 2014 that has held, with Good to Excellent values ranging from $20,000 to $45,000. More pictures of the exterior and interior are available upon request or simply comment below what you would like to see and we will try to add that.
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