This 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL was originally delivered to Astor Motor Company in Parkersburg, West Virginia in 1986. The car is finished in Signal Red (568) over Palomino (274) leather, and power comes from a 5.5-liter V8 paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Equipment includes a brown soft top, a body-color removable hardtop, automatic climate control, cruise control, and a Becker stereo. Showing only 31,991 miles from new, this roadster remained in West Virginia from 1986 until 2009 and was acquired by the current Pennsylvania owner in 2010. Recent service in 2020 includes replacement of the valve cover gaskets, coolant expansion tank, new engine mounts (left and right), a brake service, a new exhaust hanger, and new Michelin Defender tires. This R107 is now offered with a binder of service records since new, factory literature, promotional sales materials, a data card, a toolkit, hardtop stand, hardtop hoist, two keys with original leather key sleeves, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Pennsylvania title.
The exterior is finished in Signal Red (568) with a brown soft top and a body-color removable hardtop. Additional equipment includes front fog lights, an automatic antenna, and anodized aluminum trim. The paint is believed to be completely original and a black and gold pinstrip adorns the bodyline.
Factory 15″ Gullideckel alloy wheels are mounted with new 205/65 Michelin Defender tires showing 2020 date codes. A full-sized spare wheel and tire are mounted in the trunk. A brake fluid flush was performed in March 2020 when the tires were installed.
The interior features seats trimmed in Palomino leather (274) with matching carpets and door panels, while burl wood accents the dashboard and center console. A set of red and palomino CocoMats are installed and included with the sale. Equipment includes a leather-wrapped and airbag-equipped steering wheel, automatic climate control, and a Becker Grand Prix stereo. Two convertible top tools, top hoist, top stand, as well as a full OEM tool roll will be included with the sale.
Instrumentation includes a 170-mph speedometer and a tachometer with a 6k-rpm redline. The six-digit odometer shows just under 32k miles, and mileage is verified through the binder of service records and documented ownership lineage. Additional auxilary guages include fuel level, coolant temperature, oil pressure, and instant economy.
The 5.5-liter M117 V8 sends power to the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Maintenance since 2020 has included replacement of the following items: valve cover gaskets, coolant expansion tank, engine mounts (left and right), exhaust hanger, and Michelin Defender tires.
The Carfax report shows no accidents or other damage as well as history in West Virginia, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania through its most recent entry in August 2015.
Factory books and manuals, promotional sales materials, and a binder of service records since new are included in the sale along with two keys with original leather key sleeves, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Pennsylvania title. A hardtop stand and hoist will also accompany the sale.
Walkround and Driving videos of the vehicle are viewable below.
The R107 market varies wildly, but there’s no mistaking that the 1986-89 560SLs are the cream of the crop. These radiant and reliable roasters offer everything an enthusiast could want from a true “80s Mercedes.” The improved 5.5-liter M117 for these later model examples improves the driving experience dramatically. This example in particular checks all the boxes for a perfectly enjoyable and collectible roadster. Finished in the classic Signal Red over Palomino color combination, this drop-top declares its iconic status from any angle. With all records since new, low ownership history, and immaculate condition throughout, this 560SL is sure to appreciate in the future while providing enough drivability and performance to be enjoyed at will.
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