Manufactured by Mercedes since 1954, the Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster is a great sportscar. The designation SL derives from the German Sport Leicht (or Sport Lightweight), and was first applied to the 300 SL, often referred to as the ‘Gullwing’. All updated 86-89 models have the advantages of the more modern 4 pot brakes, larger discs, and suspension derived from the W124 sedan. The body itself is built with a modern paint system designed to improve protection from rust. However this was not effective as models still continued to rust especially around the wheel arches, sills, jacking points, floor and front wings; especially the drill holes on which the mud flaps are mounted and the sides facing the engine bay. The 560SL was only sold in the USA, Canada, Japan, and Australia to compensate the reduced output of the 5.0L due to the stricter emission laws in these markets.
This Mercedes-Benz 560 SL was exported to Japan in European specification when new. On behalf of a German collector the car came back to Germany in 2015 when it was customs cleared and registered with German road registration papers.
Today the car is in good condition and finished elegantly in blue/black metallic with sumptuous black leather interior and many extras, namely its hard top in silver and a new soft top.
These big 8 cylinder Mercedes SL’s are definitely underrated in today’s market and a rise in prices is certainly in the near future. In any case, this 560 SL is sure to please its new owner in the coming spring and summer months at a modest outlay.