R107 Heaven: 12k-Mile 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Roadster

  • February 15, 2021
The Rundown
  • 12k Seller-Stated Miles
  • Mint Condition
  • Rare & Desirable Dark Blue Over Tan
  • Chrome Wheels
  • Hardtop, Soft Top, or No Top
  • Stored Under Cover in a Heated Garage
Why We Like It

Known internally as the R107, this body style was introduced by Mercedes-Benz for the 1972 model year. It was an immediate hit and sustained production through 1989, the 560SL serving as the final variant. By the end of the 1970s and through the ‘80s, the R107 established itself as the car to have, the preferred roadster of the world’s well-off. It was seen in countless television series and movies, further pressing its cult status onto the psyche of viewers. An instant classic, they’ve become one of the more sought-after Mercedes-Benzs on the market.


r107-heaven-12k-mile-1988-mercedes-benz-560sl-roadster77457601-770-0@2XThis 1988 560SL is presented in the seldom seen dark blue color with the tan interior, which is a fabulous combination, in our opinion. It’s understated and subtle, elegant and sporty with an air of sophistication. Kind of like the R107 itself. By the pictures and the post this 560SL is hard to beat – the paint appears immaculate, the body panels likewise. The glass and brightwork also look to be perfect, and it stands to reason that the seller actually did store it in a heated, private garage when it wasn’t being enjoyed. Said to have only 12k original miles, it’s hard to argue – the interior, which is a frequent indicator of actual use in any car, shows impeccably. The seats, wood trim, vinyls, and carpets all look fairly close to brand new. The chrome wheels seem to be without blemish and the scene under the hood looks very close to flawless. To be sold with books, records, keys, and the removable hardtop, we think this car is hard to beat.


Valuation Verdict

At first sight, the asking price seems a bit wacky. But when the whole 560SL market is taken into consideration, especially those built in 1988 and 1989, the final two years of production, these cars have really become a blue-chip investment. Those in exceptional condition with ultra-low miles, like this one seems to be, are commanding figures approaching the $100k mark, and we’ve recently seen slightly higher mileage examples sell at auction in the mid-$50k range. This one, with the mileage, the color combination, the hardtop, the keys, the chrome wheels – it’s steep, but we don’t think it’s out of line at all, just fair market and likely to continue building.

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