Amelia Island | Lot 152

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL

$39,200 USD | Sold

United States | Amelia Island, Florida

8 March 2019

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  • Final year for the R107-series SL convertible
  • All-original condition, including paint, trim, top, and interior
  • Two-owner example; includes detailed maintenance records
  • 77,000 km (47,850 miles) from new

Known internally as the R107, the 350 SL debuted in April 1971 in Germany with cars reaching U.S. showrooms in August of that year. The third-generation SL moved further away from the original race-bred performance car to a comfortable and luxurious grand tourer, yet remained an image booster for the rest of the Mercedes-Benz model range.

The 1986 model year brought about the 560 SL, an update in the form of a new engine – a 242-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Australia. Further improvements included a new automatic transmission with “sport” and “economy” modes, larger 15-in. alloy wheels, upgraded brakes, recalibrated suspension, re-designed rear axle, and a smoother ride. Subtle exterior changes included a new front air dam and black door handles replacing the former chrome ones. A total of 300,175 107-series models were built worldwide, including 49,347 560 SLs, when production ceased in 1989.

This 560 SL is finished in Astral Silver Metallic with a dark blue fabric top and matching dark blue M-B Tex leather upholstery. The original factory hardtop is included with the sale. Though a Canadian-specification model, it is fitted with European headlights. Having been driven sparingly, the odometer reads just 77,000 km (about 47,850 miles) from new and otherwise remains in all-original, un-restored condition, including paint, trim, top, and interior. Original production specifications confirm that the car featured heated and electrically adjustable mirrors, Becker Grand Prix radio with cassette, automatic antenna, and automatic climate control, among others.

The 560 SL was sold new to a Toronto, Ontario, Canada, dentist and approximately five years ago to the consignor, its second owner. It has always been dealer-serviced (by both owners) and only Mercedes-Benz parts have been used when necessary. A detailed maintenance and service log is included, along with two keys and its original manuals.

Do not miss this opportunity to acquire a fine and highly original 560 SL that is arguably becoming more important and desirable to today’s discriminating collectors.

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