1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible
Chassis no. WDBBA48D1JA084134
5,547cc SOHC V8 engine
Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection
227bhp at 4,750rpm
Four-speed automatic transmission
Four-wheel independent suspension
Four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic disc brakes
-Classic Mercedes styling
-Open top motoring
-Long time Connecticut car
Launched in late 1985, the 560SL convertible/coupé was the latest in Mercedes-Benz's long and much loved line of luxury sports cars that could trace its lineage back to the 230SL of 1963. In the 560SL's case its Type 107 bodyshell had debuted on the 350SL (introduced late in 1970) and this timeless style would continue in production for another five years. The 560SL was specifically created for the North American market where the 380SL was being challenged by privately imported examples of the more powerful, European-market 500SL model. Powered by a 5.5-liter, overhead-camshaft V8 engine, the 560SL emphatically redressed the balance, producing 227bhp to the US-market 380SL's 155, an output good enough for a top speed of 137mph with 60mph reachable in 8 seconds. There were improvements to the running gear too in the form of anti-dive/anti-squat rear suspension, limited-slip differential and revised steering geometry, while other noteworthy features incorporated in this class-leading automobile included leather upholstery, anti-lock braking, anti-theft alarm system, stereo radio-cassette, leather trimmed steering wheel/shift lever, and an improved climate control system, all of which were standard equipment. In 1986, the first full year of production, the 560SL sold for $48,200 and quickly found its way into the garages of numerous celebrities.
The Motorcar Offered
The offered example was sold new in Litchfield, CT on June 30, 1988. Ordered in Arctic White with Navy Blue hides, it no doubt found a place of pride in the first owner's garage. Fastidiously maintained from new, it has been in the care of only three owners since leaving Stuttgart. Carefully stored by a prior owner in Redding, CT from 1999 until January of this year, the car has since been mechanically gone through and sympathetically cosmetically refreshed. Showing what is believed to be original mileage of a shade over 97,100 miles, this lovely SL is ready to be enjoyed by its fourth owner Sure to deliver many more miles of happy motoring, it will undoubtedly continue to delight for years to come!