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1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL Roadster
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL Roadster

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1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL Roadster

Designer:Joseph Gallitzendörfer; Friedrich Geiger


Chassis Number: WDBBA48D7JA091315

Decoded:WDB=Daimler-Benz B=SL A=Roadster

Engine: 5.6 Liter Fuel Injected V8

4-Speed Automatic Transmission

Front Disc Brakes Rear Drum Brakes

Odometer: 78,900 Miles Showing


Exceptional Condition Inside & Out

Largest Available V8 in Model 5.6 Liter

Kinder Seat Option w/ Hard and Soft Top


The Model: Like so many German imports, the SL class Roadster from Mercedes-Benz was perhaps not quite as organically German as you might believe. Max Hoffman, the renowned car importer understood the American car market as well as anyone could. So, when he made recommendations to automakers about marketing strategies for the exploding American market, they took quality notes.  It was Hoffman that suggested that the Americans were primed for a toned-down grand-prix car.  Mercedes-Benz first filled the void in the post-war market with what is now nearly, venerable 300 SL. Though separated by a three generations the 560 SL, an American-market-only roadster with the largest of the V8 engines offered in the era, does indeed trace its roots back to the two seat gull-winged Benz of the 50s.

The Car: A little bit of quick math tells us that this car was only used an average of just under 3,000 miles a year since it was new.  Those miles were apparently driven with the respect a car of this pedigree deserves.  The blue paint remains full of life, offering a new owner a glossy presentation. The interior hides are gray and show little use, much like the rest of the cabin.  Under the hood is a well-maintained example of Mercedes solution to U.S. environmental standards, the V8 that grew to 5.6 liters. Tuned and running well, this roadster is ready to hit the local car seen. While the 560 SL has not reached the iconic status of the SLs of the past, it is quickly becoming a top choice for collectors, so add this SL to your collection before they get beyond reach.

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