1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

Mercedes’ 300SL Gullwing was a game-changer. In SLR trim it was a formidable racer and in road trim and subsequent roadster trim, it was a coveted sportcar. When it was redesigned in 230/250/280SL, it fast became “the thinking man’s sportscar” with refinement and sophistication rarely matched by rivals. Redesigned again in 1971, the diminutive and dainty look grew a few muscles. They took the chassis of the mid-size “W114/115” model and paired it with engines from the “W116” S-Class. The result was a luxurious convertible with six- and eight-cylinder engines that became the longest-running passenger car series ever produced by Mercedes-Benz. Despite its age, the final and most advanced iteration, the 5.6-liter V8 560SL, remains a prized automotive status symbol and an iconic part of the brand’s lineup.

The motorcar offered

The Mercedes 560SL offered here, from the penultimate year, has been owned by a Southern California enthusiast for over a decade. Under his ownership, the car has been regularly maintained by a local specialist shop and is offered in excellent running condition.

The exterior presents well with high quality paint, repainted under prior ownership. The interior is in excellent overall condition with little wear to panels, dash and seat surfaces. The soft top is also in excellent shape with a nice, clear rear window. The car is accompanied by a set of original owners manuals, dataplate and removable hardtop with stand.


Exterior Details


Engine and Trunk


Books and Misc.


1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL