62,000 Original Miles


Automatic Transmission
5.6L V8
227 hp @ 4750 RPM*
279 lb/ft torque @ 3250 RPM*
Capable 0-60 MPH: 6.4 seconds
Top Speed: 140 MPH
*Base Price in 1988: $61,125


*Seller Asking:


Fast Facts:
  • As the top-of-the-line SL, the 560 came fully loaded. The only options available were heated seats and electric orthopedic back rests
  • With almost all options standard, including the largest V8 ever installed in an SL, the suspension had to be made bespoke for the 560 to support the extra weight. The 560 also came standard with a limited slip diff, sharing the final drive ratio from the 380SL (2.47:1)
  • The hardtop is a high quality steel piece that acts as a great insulator against road noise. Unfortunately, it weighs 97 lbs, and it isn’t meant to be handled frequently. Thankfully, it comes with a rolling hardtop rack from the factory
  • The 5.6L V8 had plenty of power. Performance stats weren’t that far off from the early C4 Corvettes and Mustang 5.0. In fact, Mercedes made a last minute decision to include the SL’s 5.6L V8 in the S class sedans to compete with BMW’s newly launched V12 750i
  • The 5.6L was thirsty enough that Mercedes felt the need to install two fuel pumps
  • The 560SL went through an unusual (and inexplicable) price hike during its four year model run. It started off at $48,200 in 1986, and sky rocketed to $64,300 in 1989. This possibly explains why only 5,351 were sold in ’89 (compared to 13,788 in ’86), making ’89 the rarest model year of the SL
  • The iconic Mercedes “ribbed” tail lights are ribbed on purpose. These are designed as “self cleaning” tail lights. The grooves act as channels for passing air to “clean” and blow out dust, dirt, and debris. This design feature has survived over two decades of Mercedes cars
Key Model Year Changes:
  • The 3rd center brake light moves from the center of the decklid to the edge of the decklid
  • An A/C switch was installed that shut off the compressor at high engine temps
  • The fresh air recirculating system now features an integrated timer
  • In the following year (1989), the on board diagnostics for the engine and climate control systems were upgraded (new impulse readout)
  • 1989 is the final year of the 560SL and the R107 generation


Seller Notes:
  • Owner since 2001
  • Serviced by our reputable service department since 2007
  • Mechanically sound engine, transmission, and drive-train
  • Drives without fault, extremely smooth and powerful
  • Cosmetically beautiful inside and out
  • Recent ac compressor replacement – ice cold air conditioning
  • Recent major service-spark plugs, plug cables, dist. Cap and rotor, brake fluid flush, and oil service
  • Soft and hard tops in near perfect condition


  • Location: Washington, D.C – (more photos below)
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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output.
*Performance numbers pulled from either the factory brochure or reputable automotive road tests.
*Base price when new does not reflect original MSRP of this particular car, nor does it reflect what the original owner paid for it.
*Advertised price at time of posting. Sellers can raise or lower prices on their original ad at any time. Click on the original ad to view current price/availability.
Mileage Disclaimer: NOC has not confirmed if the mileage stated by the seller is true and accurate. It is up to the buyer to verify these claims. Vehicle history reports, service records stating mileage, and even inspections of odometer tampering are recommended.

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