Certificate of historical and collectible relevance
An attractive German roadster with restored bodywork and mechanics, equipped with the powerful 5.6 litre V8 engine
One of the most noteworthy and iconic Mercedes ever, the SL R107, produced from 1971 to 1989, is one of the highest expressions of the classic approach of the three-pointed star brand towards luxury cars. The R107 was built with great care and with the best materials, intended to last over time and distinguished by a discreet and unique design, which makes it always current and pleasant despite the passing of years and fashions.
Created to replace the famous and successful SL W113 "Pagoda", the R107 was completely different from the previous model, offering a completely new, extremely robust chassis, new suspensions and six and eight-cylinder engines from the contemporary high-end Mercedes sedans.
Over the years, the R107 received numerous improvements and evolutions, with the addition of new engines, a new interior similar to that of the flagship S-Class W126, an anti-lock braking system and, starting from 1985, a major update of the bodywork and suspensions.
Of the many engines available over the 18 years of production, the 5.6 litre V8 reserved for the American, Australian and Japanese markets and offered only from 1986 to 1989, is the most exclusive. With 227 hp and high torque, it allows this elegant roadster remarkable performance and offers an exciting and unmistakable sound.
This beautiful 1986 Mercedes 560SL is equipped with the sought-after top-of-the-line powertrain mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.
The seller informs us that the engine and all the mechanics have been thoroughly overhauled and are efficient and well-tuned and that the fascinating bodywork has been completely restored and repainted in the original colour.
The high quality interior is in well preserved original condition, with intact surfaces and wood inserts in nice shape.
As befits a model at the top of the Mercedes range, it is equipped with the most modern safety systems available at the time, such as ABS and a driver's side airbag.
Equipped with alloy wheels and its original hard-top, this SL features interesting fittings reserved for the US market, such as the third brake light on the trunk and the four round front headlights.
Coming from the United States and registered in Italy in 2021, it comes with updated Italian registration documents and a Certificate of Historical and Collectible Relevance, is registered with the ASI (Italian Historic automotoclub) and is accompanied by its original US documents.
Rare, powerful and endowed with timeless elegance, this SL, with a recently restored bodywork, a refined and well-preserved interior and a powerful and exclusive well-tuned engine, represents an important opportunity to acquire a quality example of an increasingly sought-after and coveted model, with rising prices and bound to further increase in value like all vintage open-top Mercedes.
THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK
Originally sold in the USA
In Italy since 2018
Updated Italian registration documents
Registered with ASI (Italian Historic automotoclub)
Certificate of historical and collectible relevance
Sold new in the United States, this SL was imported into Italy in 2018.
Coming with Italian registration documents, it has been registered with the ASI (Italian Historic automotoclub) since 2022 and is accompanied by a Certificate of historical and collectible relevance and US documents.
Preserved full leather interior in good condition
Restored and repainted bodywork
Original alloy wheels
Bumpers, brightwork, exterior trim and badges in good condition
The interior of this SL has been carefully maintained over the years, as attested by the good condition of the burled walnut veneer on the console and center stack, by the intact dashboard free of visible flaws and fading and by the shiny brightwork.
The instrument panel with beautiful VDO gauges is efficient and complete.
The classic interior is enriched by the beautiful clean and intact tan carpeting which also covers the luggage compartment and the boot, by the pleasant floormats with the Mercedes-Benz logo, by the large leather steering wheel with airbag and by the refined briarwood gearknob.
The interior of the canvas soft top shows some stains and slight traces of oxidation on the mechanisms.
The beautiful seats upholstered in high-quality leather and the matching door panels are well preserved. The only visible flaws are a slight wear on the left side of the driver's seat and light cracks in the leather on the center armrest.
The bodywork, recently fully restored and repainted, shines in its bright original Arctic White paint.
Elegant and distinguished by an essential and clean design, this SL is enriched by the soft top in a refined tobacco hue in good general condition, with a small sewn tear on the right side, by the beautiful original alloy wheels and by interesting peculiar US market details, such as the third brake light on the trunk, the double headlights, the fog lights, the side moldings and the flawless bumpers with chrome inserts.
The brightwork, headlights, windows, emblems, lettering and the distinctive large front spoiler appear to be in very good condition.
This car is accompanied by its rare and valuable well preserved original body-colour hard-top.
90º V8 eight-cylinder 5,549 cc engine with 227 hp
Four-speed automatic transmission
Thoroughly overhauled engine
Efficient and reliable
The engine compartment appears to be in good condition, with slight age-appropriate signs of oxidation on some auxiliary components.
The powerful eight-cylinder engine, the largest produced by Mercedes-Benz at the time, offers ample power and torque and, coupled with the excellent four-speed automatic transmission, warrants smooth driving and remarkable performance.
The four disc brakes with ABS allow balanced and safe braking.
The seller informs us that all the mechanics have been carefully restored and are efficient and reliable and that this SL is ready to drive, without the need for any intervention.
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1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL R107
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