This 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL shows first registration in New York with later registration in Kentucky, Kansas and Pennsylvania with 119k miles shown on the odometer. Finished in Blue-Black Metallic (199) over Palomino Leather (274), power is provided by a 5.5-liter V8 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Equipment includes a folding fabric soft top, a paint-matched removable hardtop, automatic climate control, cruise control, central locking and a Becker Grand Prix radio. Recent maintenance included new engine and trans mounts, new spark plugs, a new steering coupler, new rear brake pads and hoses, and a brake fluid flush. This R107 is now offered for sale by the current owner with the original hardtop stand, a spare tire, a clean Carfax report and a clean Pennsylvania title.
The exterior is finished in Blue-Black Metallic (199) and features chrome trim on the front and rear bumpers and beltline. Included is a paint-matched removable hardtop with a heated rear window as well as a black fabric folding soft top. Additional exterior features include an automatic antenna, a power-adjustable passenger-side mirror, central locking and front fog lamps. The seller reports that no signs of rust or body damage are present.
The 15” Gullideckel wheels are fitted with a set of Michelin MXV4 tires which measure 205/65 on all four corners and show date codes from 2010. Anti-lock disc brakes are mounted on all four corners and a full-size spare tire is mounted below the trunk floor. The wheels show no signs of curb rash or corrosion. Service records from August 2022 show the replacement of the rear pads and brake hoses along with a brake fluid flush.
The cabin is upholstered in Palomino Leather (274) with matching carpets and floor mats while Burl Walnut wood trim is found lining the center console and dashboard. The wood trim shows no signs of cracking or fading. Interior amenities include a folding center armrest, automatic climate control, cruise control, a dash-mounted outside temperature sensor and a Becker Grand Prix radio.
The four-spoke steering wheel frames a 160-mph speedometer, a 7k-rpm tachometer, an analog clock and gauges for fuel level, economy, coolant temperature and oil pressure. The six-digit odometer currently shows 119k miles with just 500 miles added by the current owner in the past year.
This R107 is powered by a 5.5-liter M117 V8 which is factory rated at 227 horsepower and 279 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Maintenance from August 2022 included a new steering coupler, new engine and transmission mounts, new spark plugs and a new tail light assembly. The VMI (Vehicle Master Inquiry) report has been included by the seller in the photo gallery below.
The Carfax report shows the first owner registering the car in New York with later registration shown in Kentucky, Kansas and Pennsylvania. The Carfax shows linear mileage updates and regular service visits with no accidents or damage reports present. This 560SL is now being offered for sale by the current owner in Malvern, Pennsylvania with the original hardtop stand, a clean Carfax report and a clean Pennsylvania title.
The R107 is an icon of the 80’s and one of the most recognizable classic cars from Mercedes-Benz. Being produced for 17 years, the V8 version of the R107 in the US started out with a 4.5-liter V8 and eventually graduated to the larger 5.5-liter version starting in 1986. 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. With 119k miles and a clean history, this 1988 560SL presents really well sporting a rare Blue-Black Metallic paint and is sure to provide many more years of motoring excellence to its lucky new owner.
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