Lot 171

Hershey 2018

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL


$17,600 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



Chassis No.
  • 5.6-liter V-8 engine; automatic transmission
  • Desirable last year of the 560 SL
  • Includes matching removable hardtop
  • Accompanied by owner’s manual and first aid kit

Based on the venerable R107 platform, Mercedes-Benz introduced the 560 SL in 1986, exclusively for the U.S., Japanese, and Australian markets. It offered the most powerful engine found in any SL during the 1980s, capable of a top speed of 130 mph and the ability to accomplish 0–60 mph in about 6.5 seconds, slightly faster than previous SL models. The increased power required both an improved rear suspension and a limited-slip differential, both of which were added for the 1986 model year.

In addition to performance, the 560 SL offered a level of safety and luxury befitting of the Mercedes-Benz nameplate. It came standard with anti-lock brakes, an alarm system, as well as an airbag. These features led to a retail price in excess of $48,000. The high price did not deter potential buyers, as the 560 SL proved to be one of the best-selling Mercedes-Benzes of the late 1980s; it remains popular even today among collectors.

This 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL was sold new through Carson-Pettit of Devon, Pennsylvania. It is presented in white with a subtle pinstripe above the beltline and is accompanied by a matching hardtop. The car is powered by a 227-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 engine that is paired to an automatic transmission. The interior is completed in grey and features wood trim, VDO instrumentation, and the addition of an aftermarket radio unit with CD. The odometer displays less than 84,200 miles at time of cataloguing. Included with the vehicle is an owner’s manual and first aid kit.