This is a 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL LHD finished in silver with a black leather interior. The clock shows 115,000 miles.
Launched in late 1985, the 560SL convertible/coupé was the latest in Mercedes-Benz’s long and much loved line of luxury sports cars that could trace its lineage back to the 230SL of 1963. In the 560SL’s case its Type 107 bodyshell had debuted on the 350SL (introduced late in 1970) and this timeless style would continue in production for another five years. The 560SL was specifically created for the North American market where the 380SL was being challenged by privately imported examples of the more powerful, European-market 500SL model. Powered by a 5.5-litre, overhead-camshaft V8 engine, the 560SL emphatically redressed the balance, producing 227bhp to the US-market 380SL’s 155, an output good enough for a top speed of 137mph with 60mph reachable in 8 seconds. There were improvements to the running gear too in the form of anti-dive/anti-squat rear suspension, limited-slip differential and revised steering geometry, while other noteworthy features incorporated in this class-leading automobile included leather upholstery, anti-lock braking, anti-theft alarm system, stereo radio-cassette, leather trimmed steering wheel/shift lever, and an improved climate control system, all of which were standard equipment. In 1986, the first full year of production, the 560SL sold for $48,200 (East Coast).
This lovely example was imported in 2019 from Illinois. The body work and paint present fantastically well and the car is free from dents and significant blemishes. The original hard top is in good condition and functions as it should. The soft top appears to be nearly new and is free from tears. She rides on correct flat faced alloys which all present nicely.
Inside, the black leather seats, carpets, dash and dials are all in good condition and everything works as it should. She starts first time and drives nicely.
Although the car is currently carrying American-style bumpers and trim, the car comes with a large selection of spare parts including lights a brand new set of European-style bumpers ready to be fitted.
The history file contains the original service booklet (showing regular services between 1986 and 1999), import documents and huge wedge of receipts and invoices for improvements and works completed on the car throughout its life. This rust-free example passed an MoT in February of 2022 with no advisories.
This is a top of the range car in great colours with reasonably low miles. She represents great value and is ready for European cruising.