Lot 247 - 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL
|Odometer reading||68,100 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £24,000|
In 1986, Mercedes-Benz produced its most powerful SL of the decade to the U.S. in the 560 SL. The car was also the heaviest of the 1971-89 R107 SLs that Mercedes-Benz produced, but the new 5.5-litre V8 engine's 227hp did a fine job of mitigating that fact. Top speed was much improved (from 110 mph in the 380 SL to 130mph), and the car was quicker from a standstill to 60mph by about four full seconds. The engine was much torquier too, which greatly improved the cars' dynamics. Likewise, the car received a new rear suspension and a limited-slip differential to better handle the added torque and power. Mercedes-Benz also added anti-lock brakes, leather upholstery, an alarm system and an air bag all of which better suited the car's $48,000 price tag. The 560 SL sold well with Mercedes-Benz retiring the R107 chassis in 1990, introducing the first all-new SL in 18 years. Today, many enthusiasts gravitate towards the 560 SL as it retains some of the original lines of the pagoda SLs while carrying with it all of the R107's advances.
This 560 SL was purchased new by Mrs. N. Ghadar on 19thAugust, 1988 from Herb Gordon Mercedes-Benz in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. The car was subsequently serviced by the supplying dealer until it was imported into the UK on 20th November, 2001 by the original owner. All service bills from the UK are supplied totalling over £7,000 along with all MoT test certificates confirming the mileage of 68,100 which averages at less than 2,500 a year. A current MoT test certificate accompanies the car which is valid until 5th April, 2018 with no advisories and as one would expect with a one owner from new car, all the book packs and tools are supplied. Finished in silver with a blue interior it still boasts its original Becker Grand Prix radio. The dark blue soft top is described as being as new with the engine and paintwork described as nine out of ten. Very rare to find a one owner from new car; this example is a timeless status symbol built with impeccable
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