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The 560 SL
After an 18-year run, 1989 was the final model year of the R107 series from Mercedes-Benz, which had begun with the “Pagoda”-roofed 350 SL’s US introduction. Its capstone was the wonderful 560 SL, a powerful two-seat grand tourer that carried its occupants in sublime comfort, while still providing them room for a trunk full of luggage. The 560 SL replaced the 380 SL, whose production had been stifled by increasingly stringent emissions laws in several of its key markets including the US.
The 560 SL was never a light and nimble sports car, nor was it intended to be. Instead, it was primarily focused on comfort and unquestionable quality of materials and construction. That said, the convertible was still capable of touching 60 mph in less than eight seconds and cruising well into triple-digit speeds. To cope with that level of performance, the 560 SL was fitted with larger, four-piston disc brakes and upgraded suspension components taken from the new W124 sedan series.
The 560 SL was so well equipped by the factory that there were only two extra-cost optional items available: electrically heated seating and electrically adjustable ergonomic backrests for each of the seats. Just about everything else an owner could ask for was included in the list price of $64,300, including a driver’s-side air bag and ABS brakes. Since the big SL had very few rivals in its class, Mercedes-Benz dealers had no problem selling all 5,351 built in the final production year.
This beautiful, low-mileage, and extremely original example was purchased December 7, 1988, from John Powell Motor Company in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, by Mrs. Theresa Mattie. It is believed that she kept the car in Florida for very limited “snowbird” winter vacation use. After spending a decade in dry storage, the 560 SL was purchased by the consignor from a small Mercedes-Benz collection in Southern California.
Finished in its original 877 Petrol Blue Green Metallic Clearcoat with a perfect cream-beige interior trimmed with burl wood veneer accents, this luxurious automobile has been driven just under 16,500 miles from new at the time of cataloguing. It is described as being in superb, showroom condition but for a few underhood components that show slight time-related weathering. It is supplied with its factory-installed Becker Mexico stereo entertainment system, removable weather-tight steel hardtop with heated rear window, folding soft top, a full set of Mercedes-Benz alloy wheels, factory owner’s manuals, spare wheel, and tool kit.
For those seeking an unrestored and beautiful example of one of the finest luxury automobiles produced in an era that personified indulgence, this 560 SL is worthy of serious consideration.