R107 Survivor: 1986 Mercedes 560SL – $19,000
In terms of blue chip investments, the Mercedes-Benz R107 and C107 cars seem to always command a fair price when in decent condition. Take this example here on Craigslist in Central New Jersey with 115,000 miles and claimed to be in highly original condition, save for an aftermarket head unit. The seller is asking $19,000 for this Midnight Blue over Java leather example, which will come with its factory hardtop and stand. Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool tells us that a 560SL in “Good” condition is worth $18,100, while it jumps to $43,600 for one graded as “Excellent.” With that in mind, the seller’s ask may be on the money if condition bears out. If you want to check out this 560SL in person, start the negotiations by emailing the seller here.
The iconic Mercedes two-seater convertible and rare hardtop variant have long been a status symbol for bored housewives and successful real estate agents alike, seemingly as cemented in history as a blueblood’s ride of choice as the classic Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The cars were also sought after as gray market imports in the 1980s as customers realized that the product Mercedes offered stateside in the peak of the malaise era fell well short of what you could drive off the dealer lot in Europe. The arrival of a respectable V8 powerplant as found in this 560SL addressed some of the shortcomings in Mercedes’ lineup to that point, and suddenly the forbidden fruit from overseas was less tempting. Today, well cared for examples will still command a fair price even if there are multiple examples available on various classifieds sites – the trick is to find the best one.
The seller’s 560SL certainly seems to fit the mold of a well-loved example, with highlights including a new “Robbins” cloth top, double row timing chain and guides, full brake system refresh, new muffler, new injector holders seals, and much more. The timing chain job is a big one, and a significant expense the next owner won’t have to address for some time. To make this one perfect, find a suitable Becker headunit to bring it back to OEM condition, some clean AMG/Penta-style wheels to replace the outdated chrome rollers, and re-wrap the steering wheel in black leather. Then, simply drive and enjoy. Good luck with the purchase if you decide to take this clean R107 home!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Excellent, almost completely original condition with the exception of upgraded JVC stereo and Pioneer speakers (no holes in package tray). Absolutely zero rust clean underbody. Original Midnight blue paint with java leather interior in excellent condition. New blue “Robbins” cloth top. Chrome Mercedes wheels with Continental all season tires. 115k lovingly kept miles. All maintenance items complete including double row timing chain, guides, brakes, rotors and caliper, muffler, injector holders seals, vac system, cam oilers, hood insulation, distributor cap wires and plugs new filters, oil. Hard top with stand and car cover are included. Runs and drives beautifully. Everything functions as it should.“
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