When you buy a classic Mercedes, you want to make sure you are bringing home a car that has received care by the previous owners that's up to your standards. That's what gets us excited about this 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL. With shining factory-correct paint, and immaculate leather interior, and a recently serviced motor, you know this has been treated with the correct respect from day one.
The factory-correct Petrol Metallic is understated in its elegance. When the sunlight hits it, there's a silver undertone that complements the gold pinstripe and factory alloy wheels perfectly. 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 produce 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.
There's more evidence inside that this 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. The 560SL was one of the most expensive cars Mercedes offered during its reign, and the features list is quite long. This includes desirable conveniences such as power seats, power windows, power locks, power steering, cruise control, and the proper Becker Grand Prix AM/FM/cassette stereo. The air conditioning has even been converted to R134a so you can enjoy top-down motoring long into the summer season. Because this was built 1988, there are also more modern features than most R107s, such as a third brake light, anti-lock brakes, and a driver's air bag. It comes with both the color-matching removable hardtop and a black folding soft top. If you don't know how to properly stow these roofs, don't worry, because this SL also comes with the owner's manual and plenty of other original factory literature to help you.
Under the hood is the original 5.6-liter V8. We have the records to show that this powerplant was given a thorough overhaul earlier this year that includes servicing the cylinder heads, valves, and much more. So, you know it is running in top condition like a good Mercedes should. This big V8 is celebrated for producing 238 hp and 287 lb-ft of torque – more than the contemporary Rolls-Royces. On the road, an R107 has a fully-independent chassis that is the perfect balance of elastic comfort, and tight-handling. This is topped of with a four-speed automatic transmission and 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.
Complete with maintenance records, owner's manual, and the original warranty card, this is the kind of premium classic that's truly a cut above. So if you want the best in a Mercedes, hurry and call today!