Mercedes-Benz launched their flagship 560 SL at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1985. It was sold alongside the 500 SL with minor external changes, improved front wheel suspension new brakes and a 5.6-liter V8 engine.
The most powerful engine available was a 5.6-liter V8 with 272 hp. This engine was only used in Europe for the S-Class sedans, leaving only USA, Australia and Japan with a 560 SL convertible. These extra-European markets got a detuned version with a catalytic converter and only 230 hp because of the emissions regulations in these countries.
The American-delivered cars were equipped with rubberized DOT-compliant bumpers and quad headlamps. Many were also fitted with a three-speed automatic transmission.
Heavily equipped with stock amenities, the 560 SL had only two options: heated seats and electronically adjustable headrests.
1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible WDBBA48D5KA095123 – sold for €16,100
This is beautiful 560SL dates from the last year of production and thus incorporates the 4-pot brake callipers, large brake discs, and improved suspension from the W124 saloon, together with modern rust proofing, and is fully optioned with the best ‘extras’, including a hardtop. The car has spent most of its life in the USA – in Florida, Arizona and Minneapolis – and has covered 96,000 miles (approximately 154,500 kilometres) from new. It has recently been imported into Belgium and undergone the official technical inspection there. All import taxes and duties have been paid and the car comes with Form 705 enabling it to be registered within the European Union. Auction Source: 2015 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL – sold for $17,500 1 owner since 1997. Immaculately kept. Complete original handbooks. Maintenance history from new. Recent servicing including all new fluids. Clean Car Fax report included. Removable hardtop. Navy blue soft top. Chrome wheels. Original Becker Grand Prix radio. Sold new in Bellevue, WA. 5.6L all alloy V8. 227/279lb-ft. A Northwest car from new. $55,030 original MSRP. Auction Source: 2012 Daytime Auction by Mecum