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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 19th – 22nd, 2017 at Russo and Steele’s 17th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Please contact us for more information.
In 1971, Mercedes-Benz introduced the all-new 350SL as the replacement for its beloved and long-running 230/350/280SL, with the design internally designated Type R107. Design of the new car was executed by Bruno Sacco, who was also responsible for the design work on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans of the 1970s. Somewhat larger and more rounded in its overall proportions than its predecessor, the resulting 350SL was based upon a steel unibody structure incorporated steel, rather than the aluminum body panels of the 280SL, along with a more luxuriously trimmed interior. Safety development extended to minute detail, with the R107’s uniquely ribbed taillight lenses designed to shed dirt and grime for enhanced visibility during the poorest driving conditions.
As expected, Mercedes-Benz constantly refined and updated the R107-generation SL series, which remained in production for nearly 20 years in five variants. Powered by a 5.6-liter V-8 developing 227 rated horsepower and 279 pounds-feet of torque, the 560SL was the ultimate expression of the concept, available from 1985 through 1989. While US-bound 560SLs delivered less power than their European counterparts due to the emission-control equipment for EPA compliance, performance remained brisk, with acceleration from rest to 60 mph in just 8.0 seconds, en route to a 137-mph top end. As always, Mercedes-Benz SL ownership, particularly in reference to the 560SL, clearly signified one had indeed “arrived,” and this cachet continues unchanged today.
This solid and beautiful example of the 560SL features excellent black over cream/beige leather, a black hard top and optional black soft top. A lower-mileage car with a rear windshield added, this 560SL is accompanied by a clean Carfax with detailed service history, assorted service receipts, and a plethora of original books and documents. Among them are the operation and care booklet, owner’s manual, 1989 model line dealer brochure, glove box booklet pouch, Mercedes-Benz North America dealer directory, window sticker, factory-approved service product and maintenance booklets, the owner’s service and warranty booklet, 24-hour roadside assistance booklet, supplemental restraint system booklet, Becker radio operation guide booklet, and original care guide booklet.