Mercedes Benz SL560 1988
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"Hi Jesmond, I don't know if I told you when we were corresponding that I am member of the South Canterbury Vintage Car Club. Last Saturday the club held one of its more important rallies of the year called the Mid Island Rally. I went in the Austin A55 and was one of about 68 vehicles that went on the run. It had a good showing of vehicles some old model Ts right through the years, the latest one being a 1964 mini. You name the brand of vehicle and it was there. Mine was the only Austin. We had good weather and I understand it was about 180 miles start to finish. It extended from Timaru through to Geraldine and then into a private forest. That was a bit challenging climbing up to the hilltops on roads only made for logging trucks. I was pleased to get back onto tarseal once we were on our way home. As usual I didn't get anywhere in the rally, thats not my luck. Prior to starting off from the Clubrooms they had a Concours display . About a dozen or perhaps eighteen vehicles went in it. I decided to put the A55 in the display. I don't know when the judging took place and we heard nothing until after the placegetters in the actual rally were announced. There was a table of Cups and Certificates being handed out . All went until only one big cup remained. I thought it won't be me because Ive never won one yet and next thing my name came up. I won the 2014 Concours Cup in my class which was (Post War Vintage) Every comment about the A55 on that day was good and she's going well. So there you have it Jesmond,I don't know if any other vehicles you've had have won Concours but now you know at least one has."Bernie Fairbrass, Timaru, New Zealand
The legendary 560SL Coupe / Roadster earned its unique niche in the motoring world by blending two rich automotive themes: the lure of a lithe and eager top down sporting machine and the reassurance of a strong, secure, supremely livable Mercedes Benz.
Related to the 300SL, the famous Gullwing racer, which in its day was the fastest production car ever, the 560SL goes a step further. It is a more mature and sophisticated automobile.
First introduced in 1971 the 107-series became one of Mercedes-Benz's most successful and enduring models with a production life of almost two decades and approximately 300000 examples sold. Although upgraded mechanically and given larger engines over the years the well-proportioned styling remained largely unchanged as right from the start it was and is timeless and elegant.
The 107 SLs personified quality luxury and performance and the later cars are the fastest and most developed of the series. The 560 SL has the largest engine ever fitted in these cars. A 5.6 liter single overhead camshaft 238 horsepower V-8 and was intended for only extra-European markets like the United States Australia and Japan.
EXTREMELY RARE in New Zealand, this once almost super car priced auto is now available to anyone willing to spend around $25K. It is classy and a great cruising car since its big, comfortable and stylish.
It comes with a unique style that can't be found in new cars. The 560SL came out with the biggest engine available with a grunty V8, which made 227hp and 187 pound feeded torque. 0-60 in 7sec with a top speed of about 130mph.
Its exterior styling screams luxury with its wide body and enormous hood. Incredibly comfortable interior, which like the rest of the car is in outstanding condition. The soft convertible top too is in excellent condition.
A truly beautiful and remarkably well-kept example. It has had only two owners in New Zealand and shows just 135419 actual miles on the odometer. This car was sold brand new in LA and lived on the West Coast prior to it coming to New Zealand so NO RUST whatsoever.
Finished in Anthracite, it has a grey leather interior, power windows, power steering and power brakes. It comes complete with books and manuals including the owner's manual and comes with a spare key and Mercedes Benz cover.
Although it is almost three decades old, this 560 SL presents like a car that is just two years old and barely broken-in.
A strong, straight, complete and honest car, that has enjoyed the ownership of just two caring individuals, who clearly attended to its every need.
It is the perfect running and driving example to keep on enjoying in the comfort and style that the R107 is famous for.
So there you have it – the 1988 Mercedes 560SL – tremendous luxury and elegance in an easy going and reasonably priced package.
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