Mercedes Benz 560SL 2-Door Coupe Roadster, 1988 VIN# WDBBA48DSJA081009; odometer 040912 (original miles); 5.6-liter V8 engine automatic transmission, electric windows and AC, metallic black pearl, exterior paint with accent striped detail, interior beige leather matching velour carpets, factory hard and soft tops.

Engine - 8 cylinder / 16 valve / 5547cc (338ci) / fuel injection
Transmission - Automatic / 4 speed / rear wheel drive
Horsepower - 169kW (227hp) @ 4750rpm
Torque - 378Nm (279ft-lb) @ 3250rpm
Fuel Capacity - 87L (22.5gal)
Body - 2 door sport coupe, cabrio hard & soft top

Provenance: Two owners from new
Raleigh Walter Frye, North Carolina
Estate of a southern gentleman

Other Notes: The original factory document folder with the Owner's Manual is present, and this beautiful 560SL also comes with some service history. A brand-new battery has recently been fitted.

This low mileage example of the Mercedes-Benz 560SL represents the most desirable version of this sports car because it has the most powerful engine ever fitted to this model and is equipped with every single expensive extra imaginable. The original Becker Grand Prix cassette/radio was the best equipment that German car radio manufacturer's could offer in the 1980s. This is now a desirable collector's item in its own right.

The powerful, 5.6 liter V-8 engine with the Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection develops 231 DIN-HP has proven itself to have an average life expectancy of more than 300,000 miles.

The 560SL was considered the "exotica" version of the SL, and 49,347 examples were built for the American, Australian and Japanese markets. Interestingly, the 560SL was never available on the German home market.

Introduced in 1971, the production of the R107 model covered amazing 18 years until it was discontinued in 1989. This was an exceptionally long production run for a motor car, particularly for a top-of-the-line model. For some years in the early 1980s, the Mercedes SL was the only production convertible on the world market, except the hand-built Rolls Royce Corniche. All R107 SL (Sport Leicht) were built in the Stuttgart-Sindelfingen plant and this sports car was designed by Friedrich Geiger who had also been responsible for the now immortal 300SL Gullwing in the mid-fifties.

As a notable but invisible feature, the R107 has extremely strong windshield pillars (A-posts) that are intended to withstand the crushing forces of a roll-over accident. Because all panels are marked with the chassis number, it is easy to determine whether a particular car has an accident history.

The SL was often seen on TV and was driven by characters in "Dallas" and "Dynasty" series.

  • Clean Carfax report.
    Very good/excellent original condition.
    No scuffing of the driver's seat bolster.
    Good carpets throughout.
    Dashboard wood shows a few of the usual cracks in the lacquer.
    Recent service, and cleaned prior to offing for sale.

    Fuel system flush, oil & filter change, battery replaced prior to starting after vehicle was stored.
    Doors open& close smoothly, windows operational, AC working but not cooling well. Seats in good condition, carpets have little or no ware, soft top is good condition with haze present on rear window as expected with age. Soft top mechanism in good condition and operates smoothly. Metallic black pearl exterior paint in good condition. Scuffs, and minor road chips as expected with use. Interior wood panels in good condition with minor signs of age. Gauges & indicators working at time of inspection. Tires appear to be in good condition. Bumper snubbers have some wear, and degradation from dry rot.
    Vehicle is not currently registered, so a road test was not performed.
    We suggest a qualified service technician be consulted for repairs.


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