The Mercedes 560SL is highly desirable because it's the full wish list in one car. These are elegant, powerful, comfortable, timeless and nimble classics. It only gets better in a very original example with a great factory color combo and the features that came only on the later examples, like this 1988 model.
The now legendary R107 models designation are iconic because they represent an era when 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. The Germans understand how to engineer a deep rich black paintjob so well that it still looks fantastic many years later. So that's why we suspect the factory-correct paint is also factory-original, too. But it takes more than precision engineering for a car to look this good over three decades later. You can tell particular care has gone into this convertible by the way the body has remained looking crisp, the glass is exceptionally clear, and the doors close with authority. Plus, those polished factory wheels coordinate with the chrome bumpers to add the right amount of flair that attracts attention without being too showy.
The tan pinstripe on the outside is also a preview for the full tan leather interior. Very few colors go so well with a black exterior than a tan interior, and it only gets better with this level of preservation. The carpets, dashboard, and wood grain center console basically show no signs of being left outside with the top open – another hallmark of thoughtful ownership. The dual bucket seats offer a level of all-day comfort that is unmatched in some new convertibles for twice this price. 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 steering, and cruise control. Plus, you have some of the features nicely upgraded, like the AM/FM/CD stereo w/aux input. Plus, the air conditioning was recently serviced and is blowing cold with modern R134a. Because this was built 1988, 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 removable hardtop and folding soft top that match the exterior black. It gives you the full freedom to have a proper well-insulated convertible or a true coupe-like profile – and this no-compromise attitude is the cornerstone of Mercedes luxury.
The 560SL came with a big 5.6-liter V8 motor. This fuel-injected powerhouse is a true legend for offering almost endless torque, and this example has been properly maintained to be as smooth as a well-respected Mercedes should. On the road, an R107 has a fully-independent chassis that is the perfect balance of elastic comfort and tight-handling. The four-speed automatic transmission also strikes a balance between performance and comfort cruising. The total package is finished off with four-wheel disc brakes and modern Pirelli tires. This car is believed to have around 62K actual miles, but we're selling as unknown mileage because the consignor reports the odometer stopped working recently. CarFax shows a natural mileage progression that was only 60,477 as of 2013, but we cannot be 100% certain of the exact mileage at this time, buyers be advised.
No other car combines grand touring comfort in a quick and nimble machine so perfectly. So when you can find an exceptional example in the best color combo, you know you need to act fast to take it home. Call today!!!