Displacement: 5,547 cc
Horsepower: 227 bhp @ 5,200 rpm
Engine Torque: 287 ft lb @ 3,500 rpm
Top Speed: 134 mph
0 - 60 mph: 7.8 seconds
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When the time came to replace the iconic W113 chassis, 'Pagoda-top' SLs in '71, Mercedes pulled yet another rabbit out of the hat, by producing the R107 body. Such was its popularity that it would become the second longest production run body style in Mercedes history, lasting seventeen years. Initially equipped with the 3.5 litre engine from the W111 series, it was called the 350 SL. Various different engines found their way under the bonnet over the years, culminating in the ultimate R107, the 560 SL. A USA, Japan & Australia only model built from 1986 to 1989, the 560 SL used an all-alloy, 5.6 litre V8 coupled to a four speed automatic transmission. Having benefitted from all the things that Mercedes had learned during the previous fourteen years of R107 production, the 560 SL was an absolute tour de force. Fabulous styling, unrivalled luxury, great performance and superb reliability. All this came at a price though. In 1987, the base price for the 560 SL was a massive $55,000. They came so loaded though, that there were only three available options (a left and right hand lumbar support and heated seats) and even with all these, the price only increased $590! At the end of their four-year reign, a total of 37,218 had been built.
Offered here, is an exceptional 87,000 original mile example in superb condition throughout. Finished in Gunmetal grey with grey leather, it is as elegant now, as it was twenty-five years ago. The black canvas soft top operates faultlessly and the original hardtop is virtually unmarked. The undercarriage is completely rust free and shows no sign of accident damage. The original Becker radio works perfectly and the air conditioning blows cold. The original spare wheel and tyre still reside unused in the trunk alongside the original books & tools. On the road it is as smooth and surefooted as ever with great handling and effortless power.
Despite the relatively high number built, good, solid, unmolested examples such as this are becoming increasingly rare and with comparable examples of its immediate predecessor fetching five times as much, they represent tremendous value for money. Comfortable and reliable enough to be driven daily, inexpensive to repair and a timeless elegance that will always make it one of the most stylish cars on the road.