1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL
1988 Mercedes Benz 560SL
- Same Owner for 20 Years
- 5.6L V8
- Both Tops
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“The 560SL has maintained its reputation as a powerful, reliable, well-appointed, classically-styled luxury automobile….” –Hagerty, February 2019
Hagerty continued their respectful 560SL review: “The 560SL was the last in the venerable R107 series (also known as the W107)…. In 1986, Mercedes shipped its most powerful SL of the decade, and of the chassis type, to the United States. At 3781 pounds, the 560SL was also the heaviest of the SLs, but its new 5.6-liter V-8 engine—with 227 horsepower and 287 lb-ft of torque—had little trouble with the extra weight. In fact, it had a top speed of about 140 mph.”
With all the characteristic Mercedes-model improvements-- a new rear suspension, a limited-slip differential to better handle the extra power, anti-lock brakes, leather upholstery, an alarm system, and an airbag—the 560SL maintained its lofty, most-desired position in the Stuttgart automaker's lineup. The model also maintained its status-symbol reputation. As Jim Mateja, the automotive writer for the Chicago Tribune, put it: “If recognition and having the common folk gawk enviably as you pass are high on your list of priorities, then get thee into a Mercedes-Benz 560SL.”
Offered here in white-over-light-tan-leather is a perfectly understated luxury Mercedes two-seater convertible/ hardtop. An original Florida car relocated to Michigan in 2000, the condition of the cosmetics and the mechanicals of the car show how consistent and quality maintenance of these classic automobiles can extend their life almost indefinitely. With 95,000 accident-free miles (a mere 2,700 miles per-year on average), it's clear this 560SL was always a special-night-out, trip to the college football game, or fall-color-tour conveyance, rather than an everyday driver. And that's good news for its next owner.
The car's exterior retains a like-new appearance. Body-panel fit shows perfect factory tolerances. Paint is uniformly shiny and un-faded, including on the removable hardtop. Brightwork, including the bespoke 560 15x7 wheels, Mercedes emblem centered in the front grille, and side-mirror caps is virtually flawless. Rubber trim, proper emblems, lenses and windshield glass show no obvious wear or damage. The black-fabric convertible top is free of wear signs or rub marks, is properly fitted, and its clear-plastic “windows” are 100%... clear. This 560SL could never have been left for any extended period in direct sunlight.
The car's interior continues the evidence of exceptional owner care over the years. Every surface is free of signs of careless use, much less abuse. Leather seating surfaces are without rips, tears, or even much evidence of use. Light creasing of the driver's seat leather is present, as is more pronounced wear on the center armrest. Similarly, the dash instruments (note the unfaded needles on the gauges), console-mounted shifter, door trim (even when viewed from below), steering wheel, factory-installed Becker audio system, and tan carpeting all show very little evidence of wear or fading. Burled wood trim—a highlight of any Mercedes vehicle from this era—on the console and dash is free of any damage or noteworthy surface wear, and retains its properly glossy finish. There is some fading on the console wood.
Under the hood, the engine bay is complete, clean, and properly fitted out. As with the remainder of the car, there is no sign of any significant modifications from stock. In the same way, the car's undercarriage is free of damage or signs of abuse.
The well-maintained, stock condition of this 560SL is faithfully presented in the more than 175 high-definition photographs together with a short walk-around-and-startup video available at the GarageKeptMotors site. That said, there is no substitute for an in-person, up-close inspection. We encourage such inspections by interested parties at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. We ask only that an appointment be made by phone or email in advance. Our showroom is not open to the public.
The “Buy-the-best-one-you-can-find” criterion for classic-car purchasers is more than met by this beautiful 560SL. Mercedes cars of the eighties are known for their assembly quality, bank-vault-like solidity, and long life. Given its remarkable condition and obvious upkeep, this particular luxury-tourer promises many more miles, and many more years of impressing its drivers, passengers, and onlookers. So Car and Driver's advice from 2014 rings true: “Budget permitting, we'd seek out the last of the R107s, the better handling and fleeter 560SL.”