You are looking at a dual personality Mercedes. This 1987 560SL looks like a conservative luxury convertible with either its soft or hardtop in place, but all you have to do is open up to show the world your dark red interior, and this is a true attention-grabber. And if that wasn't enough to make it a distinct classic, you also get a rare addition of rear seats.
This is one of the best vehicles for someone who appreciates timeless sophistication with just a hint of flash. The factory-correct Smoke Silver Metallic is understated in its elegance, but it has a shine that nicely complements the mirror-like factory chrome bumpers. It also helps that the body retains its crisp and creased appearance, so all of the bodylines flow uninterrupted over smooth and even panels. Today this quality is also about representing one of the best cars of its era. Very few companies could build a convertible without worrying about safety regulations. Mercedes built their cars so robustly that the R107 exceeded these standards, and they did it elegantly without an unsightly roll bar. It was the go-to driver for celebrities, dignitaries, and the wealthy because the sleek lines hid a full size interior and usable trunk that was perfect for any road trip.
You might have noticed the dark red pinstripe on the outside, and that's the perfect introduction to an interior that's just as bold. The factory Dark Claret color proves the car has lived a pampered life. The carpets, dashboard, wood grain center console, and leather seats basically show no signs of sun damage – a near impossible find in a classic droptop with an original style interior. The 560SL was one of the most expensive cars Mercedes offered during its reign, and so the features list is quite long. This includes desirable conveniences such as power windows, power locks, power steering, cruise control, and an upgraded AM/FM/CD stereo. Plus, a great luxury droptop like this deserves cold R134a air conditioning. Because this was built 1986, there are also more modern features than most R107s, such as a third brake light and a driver's air bag. It comes with both the color-matching removable hardtop and a newer brown folding soft top. Also, You might have noticed the rear seats with seatbelts. This was not an option in the USA, and so it's a rare find on our shores.
The 560SL came with a big 5.6-liter V8 motor making 238 hp and 287 lb-ft of torque – more than the contemporary Rolls-Royces. On the road, an R107 has a chassis that is the perfect balance of elastic comfort in a tight-handling package. And the four-speed automatic knew how to balance performance and overdrive cruising. This was topped of with four-wheel disc brakes for the best all-around control. In total, the Mercedes SL is in a class all of its own. It has always been hard to define its competitors because no other car combines grand touring comfort in a quick and nimble machine so perfectly. This example has preserved the heritage that comes with maintenance records, owner's manual, and build sheet to back it all up.
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