Barely-Driven 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL Leaves Time Capsule For Auction

The Mercedes-Benz SL was one of the brand’s best-selling cars in the late 1980s, and with a 5.5-liter V8 engine powering the 560 model, this was the range-topping variant.

With 227 horsepower, the 560 SL took about 6.5 seconds to sprint from naught to sixty miles per hour (0-96km/h). It was capable of reaching a top speed of 130mph (209km/h), so it was faster than its predecessor, despite being heavier.

However, the extra bump in power required a few changes beneath the sheet metal. As a result, Mercedes-Benz engineers helped it cope with the added output by fitting a limited-slip differential and tweaking its rear suspension. Both of these upgrades were added for the 1986MY.

Purchasing a decent SL 560 these days goes for around $50,000, or more, for a low-mileage car in good condition, and if you can bag one for $20,000 or even less. This one, though, has an estimated $70,000-$90,000 selling price, presumably because it shows just 2,950 miles (4,748km) on the clock.

Its pristine condition is highlighted by the perfect Blue Green Metallic exterior paint and Cream Beige leather interior, which looks like new despite turning 30 this year.

Its owner will throw in the pagoda-style removable hardtop with the car in a matching Blue Green Metallic finish. Moreover, he states that the black soft top has never been put up, except for inspection, and the seats have remained covered since 1988.

The gorgeous SL 560 is listed for the RMSothebys Amelia Island auction in Florida on March 10.

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