Last R107: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL – Sold!

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

Listed on Craigslist in Doylestown, Pennsylvania is this completely restored, Charcoal Gunmetal Grey exterior over Light Grey leather, 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL the private seller currently has listed for $36,500.  Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide show this example is currently priced $3,400 lower than the #2 “Excellent” estimate of $39,100.  

Mercedes-Benz produced the two-seat SL, or R107, from 1979 through 1989 in a number of variants based on engine displacement starting with the 280SL and culminating with the 560SL featured here.  Produced from 1986 to 1989, the 560SL was exclusive to the U.S. and other key markets as the higher displacement tried to compensate for the emissions equipment required.  In the U.S. the 560SL only came equipped with an automatic transmission as by that time American consumers looked upon the SL as a luxury roadster rather than the sportier two-seater of its older siblings.

This is the first SL560 we’ve featured on Guys With Rides and for good reason:  most of the examples we look at often need too much for what the buyer is asking.  In this example, you’re buying a fully refreshed SL560 from the final model year you can either elect to casually show or even Concours with, or you can choose to daily it as a 30-year-old new car.  The classic shape and simple, relatively reliable switchgear run circles around the bland, jelly bean design of today’s car.  Perhaps that’s why prices of the classic SLs are on the rise while Mercedes-Benz can’t find enough buyers for their latest version to the point rumors are flying about its imminent demise.  Regardless of which path you choose to take with this SL, based on the pictures and description provided, neither you nor your passenger will be disappointed and the price requested is almost a bargain compared to the work completed on the car.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here is the current caretaker’s description of their SL:

“For sale is this beautiful 1989 Mercedes 560 SL. Charcoal Gunmetal Grey exterior , with Light Grey genuine leather interior. This beauty has been recently restored by National Award Winning artist Dom Mari, who was featured this year in 3 National Publications for his restoration on a 1970 Mercedes Benz 300 SEL 6.3 that was originally bought and owned by Graham Nash of Crosby Stills and Nash fame. The restoration on this 1989 560 SL included the body being completely stripped down, and professionally re-painted, brand new upholstery, new carpets, brand new black German canvas convertible top, new Pirelli tires, brand new Mercedes Chrome Wheels, in addition to original painted wheels. AM- FM Stereo. Perfect Grey dash, no cracks, no rust on the body whatsoever. New starter, new alternator, new timing chain and tensioners. New blower motor, new air condition compressor, drier receiver and switches, new injectors and seals, new fuel pumps and filter, new wires, cap, plugs, filters, all new drive belts, hood pad,tire rod ends and alignment, etc, etc. This is not your typical 30 year old 560. Clean car fax!!ONE OWNER!!!! These engines are bullet proof if you know anything of them. 1989 was the final run and most improved from previous years, and was the least built in numbers. Only 5,535 were made. Thanks for looking!!! This is a gorgeous car, and if you like the pictures, wait until you see it in person. Its ready to go to a new home! The price reflects the restoration and condition.”

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