1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Roadster
1987 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.
Anthracite Gray 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 like new black German canvas convertible top is showing no wear and the rear window is crystal clear. All is in nice tight condition. A hardtop in body matching Anthracite Gray comes with this car and is like new. Professionally refinished alloy wheels can be noted on all 4 corners all wrapped in newer blackwall rubber. All is classy and in great condition, what else can be said?...as upon viewing this beautiful example I'm speechless!
Gray covered leather upholstered bucket seats rest within an environment of exotic burl walnut veneers, and all important very clean instrumentation. This interior was redone in 2019 and is done beautifully. Included a plethora of creature comforts like power windows, power mirrors, climate control, cruise control, and the factory Becker Grand Prix AM/FM/Cassette stereo. A full-size steering wheel fronts a pristine dash with nary a bit of dust on the bezels or glass fronted gauges. Plush velvety gray carpeting floods this two seater's floors, rear storage compartment, and trunk with the front carpet protected by black Mercedes-Benz floor mats. All of this carpeting is in wonderful condition.
The 5.6 Liter alloy, V8 engine incorporates 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 the back is a 2.47 axle.
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.
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. Plus putting the soft top up is a breeze when faced with an errant rain shower. 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 33 years old, it's service maintenance booklet stamped from 1987-2004 and other service records are available. With the look of things, it might have been garage kept for most of its life. 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!
D-Manual Belts, Driver's Airbag
A-Sindelfingen Assy Plant
072299-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.
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