Based on the venerable R107 platform, the Mercedes-Benz 560 SL was first introduced in 1986 exclusively in the U.S., Japanese, and Australian markets. It offered the most powerful engine found in any SL during the 1980s, a 227-hp, 5.5-liter V-8. This enabled the 560 SL to achieve a top speed of 130 mph and accelerate from 0-60 mph in about 6.5 seconds, both slightly faster than previous SL models despite the increased weight. The increased power required both an improved rear suspension and a limited-slip differential, both of which were added for the 1986 model year.
In addition to performance, the 560 SL offered a level of safety and luxury fitting the Mercedes-Benz nameplate. It came standard with anti-lock brakes, leather upholstery, an alarm system, and an airbag. These features did not come cheaply, as the 560 SL had a retail price in excess of $48,000. This hefty figure did not deter many potential buyers, and the 560 SL proved to be one of the best-selling Mercedes-Benzes of the late '80s, with average annual sales exceeding 12,000 cars.
The example offered here is truly exceptional and is restored to the highest standard. Presented in a highly desirable color scheme of Onyx Black Metallic over Cream Beige leather interior and have covered only 137000 kilometers since delivery in 1988. Included with the sale is the iconic pagoda-style removable hardtop, in matching Onyx Black Metallic. The owner notes that the black soft convertible top has been rarely used other than for inspection. The seats have always been covered since new, ensuring that they both remain in pristine condition. Without question, this is one of the best-preserved condition 560 SLs available anywhere. It will make a fine addition to any Mercedes-Benz or luxury car collection.