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Auction: Quail Lodge Auction
was auctioned on: 15 August 2019
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1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

Estimate: US$0
Price realised:  US$35,840
Lot number 4, Views: 78

5,549cc SOHC V8 Engine Bosch Fuel Injection 225bhp at 5,200rpm 4-Speed Automatic Transmission 4-Wheel Independent Suspension 4-Wheel Disc Brakes *Single long-term original ownership *Complete with original window sticker, books, and tools *Under 40,000 original miles *Presented in elegant Midnight Blue THE MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL When Mercedes redesigned its famed SL in 1971, there was a lot of equity behind it – after all, when the incomparable 300SL Coupe and Roadster were built fewer than 20 years before, they set the world on fire. The next-generation 230/250/280SL in 1963 brought Mercedes' sports car down to earth, replacing both the incredible 300SL and four-cylinder 190SL. For the next SL, Mercedes started with the chassis of the mid-size "W114/115" model and added the motors from the large "W116" S-Class. The result was a luxurious V8 Convertible that ended up being the longest passenger car series ever produced by Mercedes to date. Despite its age, the final iteration, the 560SL, remained a prized automotive status symbol and an iconic part of the brand's lineup. THE MOTORCAR OFFERED Delivered new to Autobahn Motor Cars in Upper Darby Pennsylvania, this spectacularly original Midnight Blue over Grey leather car had the fortune of remaining under single ownership for nearly 30 years. As a result, under 40,000 miles appear on the odometer within the luxuriously appointed, yet cleanly designed cabin. Confirming the vehicle's status as an original, a consistent paint reading can be found over the course of the entirety of the body. However, small imperfections appear in the way of wayward rock chips. As with any other Mercedes-Benz, the panel fit is spectacular with tight gaps all around and only further endorses the quality of the car this SL has received. Upon coming under the care of its second owner, the fastidious care has continued, and the seller reports the vehicle to be sorted out and in fully functioning order. A solid performer, its V8 motor pulls strong, transmission switches with authority, and the build is largely free of heinous squeaks or rattles. The Mercedes will be accompanied by its tools, spare, factory books, original window sticker, and hard top. Being the final evolution of the long standing R107 platform, the 560SL benefits from over a decade's worth of refinement. Its powerful V8 and excellent road manners make for the perfect summer cruiser. A fine example such as this will surely provide its next lucky owner with many more miles of happy motoring.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: Quail Lodge Auction
Date of the auction: 15 Aug 2019 - 16 Aug 2019
Address: Bonhams London
Carmel, Quail Lodge Quail Lodge's West Field 7000 Valley Greens Drive (at Rancho San Carlos Rd) Carmel CA 93923 Tel: +1 415 391 4000 Fax : +1 415 391 4040 [email protected]