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An important link in the evolutionary chain of the legendary Mercedes-Benz SL series, the 560 SL was the final version of the esteemed W107 platform, produced continuously from 1972 to 1989. The model was notable for its impressive new 5.6-liter V-8 that offered significant gains in horsepower and torque. This beautifully maintained, low-mileage example wonderfully illustrates all the advances made on the classic SL and is presented in time-capsule condition following decades of modest use by one caretaker.
Originally sold through Park Place Motorcars of Dallas, Texas, this handsome Mercedes was purchased by a dealership in Montana and leased in 1989 to John Ackerman of Woodbury, Minnesota, according to contracts from the sale. A file of receipts demonstrates that Mr. Ackerman regularly serviced the 560 SL, and by the time of his 1995 purchase payoff the odometer showed just 3,952 miles. Acquired in 2013 by the consignor, the 560 SL is reported to retain its original gray leather interior and striking Black Pearl Metallic paint finish, and currently displays approximately 15,815 miles. This Mercedes-Benz is accompanied by its original window sticker, purchase contracts, owner’s manuals, and service invoices.
As the ultimate development of the W107 series, the 1989 560 SL offers modern levels of performance and features such as a limited-slip differential, anti-lock brakes, power amenities, and air-conditioning. This beautifully presented example is an ideal candidate for forward-thinking collectors.