Based on the venerable R107 platform, the Mercedes-Benz 560 SL was first introduced in 1986 exclusively to markets in United States, Japan and Australia. It offered the most powerful engine in any SL during the 1980s: a 227 hp, 5.6 Liter V8. This enabled the 560 SL to achieve a top speed of 130 mph and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, both slightly faster than previous SL models despite its increased weight. That same model year, the rear suspension and limited slip differential were also improved to meet the requirements for the increased power.
In addition to performance, the 560 SL offered a level of safety and luxury fitting the Mercedes-Benz nameplate. It came standard with anti-lock brakes, leather upholstery, alarm system and airbag.
These features were not cheap, as the 560 SL had a retail price in excess of $48,000. This hefty figure did not deter many potential buyers, and the 560 SL proved to be one of the best-selling Mercedes-Benz models of the late 80s with annual sales exceeding 12,000 cars.
The R107 was lower and leaner than its predecessor, and designer Friedrich Geiger is credited with creating its elegant, understated styling. Because of the superb design, this platform remained virtually unchanged for 17 years of production, making it one of the longest-running passenger vehicles in Mercedes history.
This lovely classic is the epitome of the 560 SL/R107 combination, since 1989 was its last year of production.
Original features include the matching hardtop and dark brown soft top, automatic antenna and Becker Grand Prix radio.
A ceramic coating was recently applied to the paint, making the car appear as if brand-new. All paint is the original finish. The Parchment leather interior is lovely, with few blemishes or signs of wear, and the carpeting is clean and well-maintained. In addition, all four alloy wheels are free of curb rash and look new.
The wood trim gleams and is free of fading or cracks, and the black dash is in excellent condition. The original Becker Grand Prix stereo works as it should, as do all of the gauges. The door panels are clean and tight. Also included are the original first aid kit, owner’s manual, radio operation guide, paint care guide, restraint system manual, SL soft top guide and extra keys.
With only 38,089 original miles, this striking SL has been with the second owner since 1991. It has been meticulously maintained and never driven in the winter. A clean CARFAX report and service records accompany the car and can be seen on the VMC website.
Four radial tires were added in 2013, showing approximately 4,000 miles of wear. The original spare is in the trunk and has never touched the ground. Please note that there are 2 small scratches, one on the trunk lid near the lock and one on the lid where the hardtop attaches. There is also a pinhole in the side plastic window of the soft top. These are also shown in the photo gallery.
As a user-friendly classic that has already achieved modern collectible status, the 560 SL is one of the most desirable of the R107 platform variants. Any Mercedes-Benz enthusiast would be proud to cruise down the roads or attend any car show with this sleek and powerful vehicle.