There are some automotive models that just exude effortless class and this 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL just happens to be one of them. The 560SL had held court as its manufacturer's top of the line open air roadster for only a few years when this '88 rolled out. It features what is arguably Mercedes's most timeless designs, along with enhanced performance that made it an awful lot of fun to drive. Sporting some interior refurbishments to go along with its solid running condition and unusually low mileage, this car is an outstanding representative of its model and will arrive with maintenance records on board to document the car it has received.
Such a sharp looking car! Its classic appearance has bona fide head turning ability and is draped in Signal Red paint, its original color. Records indicate that this car has avoided any collisions of note during its lifetime, and it shows - you'll find clean, well-aligned panels on all sides, set off by chrome bumpers and a front grille that holds a nice shine. Most people would picture this 560SL cruising down the boulevard on a sunny day with its top down, but should the skies darken when you're behind the wheel, the accompanying black canvas convertible top provides a striking contrast to the exterior color and locks into position. For a more insulated driving experience, there is also a color-matched removable hard top included that's in great shape.
It isn't hard to imagine yourself behind the wheel, surrounded by a very enticing driving environment. The front bucket seats appear far fresher than you'd expect on a car that's been around for more than 35 years and there's a reason for that - they've been refurbished with new leather coverings. While you wouldn't necessarily consider a 560L to be a passenger hauler, the rear seat area also features a new leather cover of its own. Just beyond the steering wheel, the dash area carries an assembly of clear gauges that are in good working order and, should outside temperatures call for air conditioning, the unit on hand here blows cold and has been converted to modern refrigerant. The power steering on this classic strikes a nice balance, in that it's light enough to make navigation a low-effort proposition and yet still offers plenty of road feel. An AM/FM/CD stereo with satellite connectivity sits in place of the original unit but will need a little attention to get it back up and running. The trunk area is surprisingly spacious for a car of this type, with enough room for a couple of suitcases should you decide to embark on a weekend trip.
This droptop classic is powered by a 5.6-liter fuel injected engine that represented Mercedes's top tier powerplant when this car was released. It sits in a well-maintained engine bay, surrounded by hoses and wires that show the outward signs of proper maintenance. The accompanying 4-speed automatic transmission still shifts with precision and will offer you a hassle-free experience in stop and go conditions. At the front of the compartment, an aluminum radiator is in place to keep operating temperatures under control. Power anti-lock brakes at both ends bring this 560SL's set of 15" silver metallic wheels wrapped with fresh-looking Dunlop Conquest tires to low-effort, dependable stops. A glance below at the undercarriage will reveal that there are no corrosion issues to worry about.
With its timelessly magnetic appearance and reassuringly strong running condition, this 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL would be a fitting centerpiece of any enthusiast's garage. Call today!