Mercedes-Benz 560 SL
The 560 SL series made from 1986 to 1989 is the most powerful and developed of the Mercedes-Benz two-seat sports cars, which began with the introduction of the 450 S in 1976 and was followed by the 380 SL in 1981. By 1986 the V-8 engine had been enlarged to 5.5 liters, developing 230 hp, which guaranteed a 0-60 mph time of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph.
The 560 SL, dubbed the “German Corvette” by a journalist because of its two-seat interior and highway performance, thankfully did not suffer the quality issues of the latter in period. The 560 SL rides smoothly and quietly, cosseting the two occupants in amply proportioned leather bucket seats, and offers safe and predictable handling.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
230 hp, 5,547 cc SOHC V-8 alloy fuel-injected engine, four-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, ABS four-wheel disc brakes, unibody steel chassis with aluminum panels. Wheelbase: 96.7".
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Sean Smith