- Displaying just over 73,500 km or the equivalent of 45,600 miles at the time of cataloging
- Fit with the largest engine ever in an 'R107' chassis, 5.5-liter 'M117' V8
- Desirable Japanese market example displaying a high degree of originality
- Includes Odometer Certificate of Verification upon export dated 23 February 2021
- Japanese market example the only to offer the combination of the 560 engine,sleek RoW bodystyle in left hand drive
Beginning in 1954 with the illustrious 300 SL “gullwing,” Mercedes-Benz set a tradition of crafting some of the finest two-seat automobiles in the world. In 1986, a new variant was released to the public, housing the largest displacement engine ever fitted to an SL at the time, the all-new, all-aluminum 5.5-liter ‘M117’ V8 that quickly became the crown jewel of the ‘R107’ model range. Limited to just the North American, Australian, and Japanese markets, the latter two were able to enjoy less restrictive emissions regulations that allowed for nearly 240-horsepower compared to 227. This power output was paired with torque compensating, anti-squat rear suspension, and a limited-slip differential to help with uninterrupted power delivery.
This 1988 560 SL was ordered new in Japan in Astral Silver Metallic with a Black Karo cloth interior and burlwood trim. As a Japanese market example, this car is equipped with many features not seen with the North American market examples, as it left the factory wearing sleek Rest of World (RoW) bumpers and headlights. The removable steel hard top and black folding soft top combine the dynamism of an open roadster with the year-round convenience of a closed coupe. Additional equipment to this car includes headlight washers and wipers, heated seats, power windows, automatic climate control, and an exterior temperature gauge.
In 2021, this 560 SL was purchased by an individual living in the United Kingdom who imported the car from Japan. Upon leaving Japan it received an Odometer Certificate of Verification dated 23 February 2021 confirming a correct odometer reading at the time of export. After clearing customs, the car was quickly sent to TM Motors of Surrey for servicing in October and December 2022. At this time, fuel, brakes, steering, and suspension matters were addressed, in addition to changing the engine oil and filter. Currently, the car displays just over 73,500 kilometers, or the equivalent of 45,600 miles at the time of cataloging, and includes the latest copy of its British MOT report, which it passed on October 2022. The car can be viewed by appointment at any time at our premises in 33415 Verl. A lifting platform is of course available for this purpose. Please contact us if you are interested in further information. We prepare our descriptions and advertisements very conscientiously and carefully. Nevertheless, we ask for your understanding that the details given here are non-binding descriptions which do not represent guaranteed properties. We are not liable for errors, input errors and data transmission errors and reserve the right to make changes and prior sale. In this case, the sale is carried out on behalf of the customer without display of the sales tax and without warranty.