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1988 Mercedes-Benz

560SL Roadster

SOLD

Stock
2164
Engine Size
5.6L
Transmission Type
4 Speed Automatic
Vin
WDBBA48D0JA087574
Miles
108,060
Drivetrain
RWD

1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Roadster

1988 Mercedes Benz 560SL Roadster

A 560SL of 1986 can trace its ancestry back to 1954 and the world championship 300 SLR sports-racing machines which swept all before it on a career that saw it retire undefeated in 1955. The 300 SL and all SL's to follow had their genesis in this immortal “ Silver Arrow”.

This 560SL is in effect 3 different 560SL's…an open air roadster, a convertible coupe, and with fitting the steel hardtop, a closed grand touring coupe. This beautiful car can provide the pleasures of a sporting machine, and the benefits of a Mercedes Benz. Built like a Panzer tank and the looks of a centerfold Mercedes Benz was hitting their stride with this late 1980's SL Roadster.

Exterior
Arctic White covers this wonderfully straight steel paneled sportster, and absolutely little faults can be seen even when looking closely at the exterior of this car. Ribbed side mounted signal lights and wrap around ribbed taillights are designed this way to be self cleaning. A shiny grill surround with the large tri pointed star leads the way, and a chromed bumper with black vinyl side coverings shows in front and rear. The blue convertible top is showing some very small cuts on the driver's side and the rear window is slightly cloudy, but it remains in nice tight condition. A hardtop in body matching Arctic White comes with this car and is like new. Forged alloy wheels can be noted on all 4 corners. All original and all great, what else can be said?...as upon viewing this beautiful example I'm speechless!

Interior
Deep Blue (272 code) covered leather upholstered bucket seats rest within an environment of exotic burl walnut veneers, and all important very clean instrumentation. Included a plethora of creature comforts like power windows, power mirrors, climate control, power top, and cruise control. A full size steering wheel fronts a pristine dash with nary a bit of dust on the bezels or glass fronted gauges. Plush velvety blue carpeting floods this two seater's floors, rear storage compartment, and trunk. The trunk has a few nicks out of the carpet but remains very clean.

Drivetrain
The 5.6 Liter alloy, V8 engine incorporates KE/II mechanical /electronic fuel injection and sits in an original condition engine bay. Slight corrosion is noted but overall, very nicely preserved. The hydraulically actuated torque converter automatic 4-speed transmission sits behind the V8, and can be used in automatic mode or be shifted manually. On back is a 2.47 axle.

Undercarriage
Seen is a slight patina on the chassis that draws its design from that racing heritage, the 4-wheel anti-lock power disc brakes, beautifully maintained suspension and limited slip differential, one would expect nothing else from this vintage automobile. Independent coil spring suspension provides the handling and ride on all 4 corners.

Drive-Ability
A very nice driver, great handling, and power to call on when needed. The 3 versions are a real plus, allowing you to use this car year-round, although it's a classic so it is perfectly fine to spend some extra time in your garage. These older 560SL's are very hot right now, and my test drive proved that, although with the top down it kept me nice and cool. The air conditioning has been converted to R134 and it blows ice cold. Recent service, so it's all buttoned up and ready for its next owner. All functions functioning, all systems GO!

It's not very often you drive a car and instantly fall in love with the quality of the ride, the envy of the sheer power, and the luxury you are surrounded with. This car is 32 years old, and with the look of it I might as well have sat in my garage for most of that time. I definitely have MB envy, and after my test drive I wanted to take it home but decided to leave it for you to take. So, come and get it, as I hear the dinner bell ringing!

VIN DECODE
WDBBA48D0JA087574
W-Germany
D-Mercedes Benz
B-Passenger Car
B-SL Class
A-Roadster
48-560 SL
D-Manual Belts, Driver's Airbag
0-Check Digit
J-1988
A-Sindelfingen Assy Plant
087574-Sequential Unit Number

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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.