This 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL first shows title and ownership history in New York, New York with the original owners who reportedly bought the SL new in New York and moved to Florida with the car in 2002. In 2017, the current owner purchased the SL and proceeded to drive the car sparingly over the next decade. By the early 2010’s the SL was in need of regular service and deferred maintenance performed which the current owner has addressed in preparation for the sale. This SL is finished in Black (040) over a Palomino Leather (274) interior and powered by a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Features include a removable paint-matched original hardtop, the original Becker head unit, air conditioning with automatic climate control, a black soft top, original Palomino carpets and black floor mats, and various restored parts including interior trims, wheels, and the VDO speedometer. This example is now represented by the owner’s brother in Coral Springs, Florida with 114k miles on the odometer, service records under current ownership, factory literature, an original tool kit, two keys, both top keys, an uninstalled jump seat, an included Carfax report, and a clean Florida title.
The body is finished in Black (040) and features body panels accented by a tan pinstripe. Exterior features include a new retractable black soft top with tonneau cover and new seals, chrome mirror caps, North American-spec headlamps and bumpers, and front fog lamps. The original paint-matched hardtop is included and features original glass with rear defrost. The Carfax report shows damage reported in 2002 when another vehicle backed into the driver’s door. The door was repaired at the time of the incident and the Carfax notes the car was still drivable. The factory brightwork shines nicely and doesn’t appear to show pitting. The front bumper has been replaced as the previous bumper showed age, and the original bumper will come with the car in the sale.
This 560SL wears refinished silver-painted 15x7” Gullideckel wheels wrapped in Dunlop Signature tires measuring 205/65 on all four corners. The tires show 2015 date codes and the wheels show late-model center caps featuring chrome stars.
The cabin is upholstered in Palomino Leather (274) across the seats, door cards, armrest, head rests, and lower dashboard. The dashboard shows well and features burl wood trim refinished by Madera Concepts across the lower portion in addition to the center console and shift surround. The front seats, knee bolsters, and headrests have been recovered with correct OEM Palomino leather along with the driver’s door pocket. The original VDO speedometer and clock have been rebuilt as well and the original Becker has been refurbished to include bluetooth audio connection. Other new features include OEM door sills and a new power antenna motor. Interior features include air conditioning with automatic climate control, a power antenna, and flip-down visors with vanity mirrors. The new soft top rear windows show well and remain clear.
The odometer shows 114k original miles and instrumentation includes VDO gauges featuring a 170-mph speedometer, a 7k-rpm tachometer with a 6k-rpm redline, and an analog odometer with trip function. Additional gauges include fuel level, oil pressure, fuel economy, and an analog clock. The gauges are trimmed with chrome rings and feature electronic warning lights along the base of the cluster, none of which are illuminated.
The 5.5-liter M117 V8 was rated at 227 horsepower and 279 lb-ft of torque when new and is paired to a 722.3 automatic four-speed transmission. Underbody photos can be seen in the gallery below. The seller notes that records prior to current ownership are not accounted for in the sale but the following services have been performed under current ownership:
This example is now represented by the owner’s brother in Coral Springs, Florida with 114k miles on the odometer, service records under current ownership, factory literature, an original tool kit, two keys, both top keys, an uninstalled jump seat, an included Carfax report showing linear mileage updates, and a clean Florida title.
While the R107 continues to solidify its legendary status among a lineage of SL's, R107's in above average mechanical condition are becoming tougher to find than ever. The M117-powered 560SL's are leading the way from a collectibility and value standpoint. This example is exceptionally desirable in Black over Palomino and the paint seems to be in great shape. Pair the thorough maintenance history of this example with the rare and alluring color combination and it's an instant classic for any enthusiast.
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