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1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL

Chassis number : WDBBA48D4JA076089

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Sold for $95,200 at 2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island.
Beginning with the Gullwing of the 1950s, the SL has been the most sporting model in the company's lineup range of vehicles for over six decades. It combined luxury and high performance in a stylish package. A replacement for the popular second generation 'Pagoda' SL through the late 1960s, launching the R107 in April of 1971 and remained in production for 18 years. It was given the nickname, Panzerwagen, due to its strength. The R107 emphasized safety, with a padded dashboard and the fuel tank relocated to the trunk inside the reinforced body shell. To compensate for the weight gains. A larger and more powerful V8 engines sourced from the S-Class sedans was installed. The old swing axle suspension was replaced in favor of a new suspension system featuring a trailing rear arm.

The popularity and fame rose for the Mercedes 450 SL in the late 1970s when it was featured in the movie, American Gigolo, staring Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton. Between 1972 and 1989, the Mercedes SL series was the most popular 2 seat luxury car sold in America.

In 1980, a major update was carried out across the R107 range with the installation of a new generation of alloy V8s that were lighter, more powerful, and more fuel efficient. A more efficient four-speed automatic transmission using a torque converter was installed replacing the older fluid coupling.

The pinnacle of the W107 range was the 560 SL which was produced between 1986 and 1989, exclusively for the U.S., Japanese, and Australian markets. Equipped with a new all-alloy 5.5-liter V8 engine, it was the largest fitted to the SL. Top speed rose from 110 mph in the 380 SL to 130 mph, and it was quicker from a standstill to 60 mph by about four seconds. The engine was much torquier too, which improved the cars' dynamics. It came with a four-speed automatic and an exterior design and appearance that was similar to its predecessors, with only a chin spoiler, new alloy wheels and revised sill treatment being its distinguishable features. Underneath, however, were numerous technological improvements including ABS brakes, revised suspension, the latest Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection and various interior upgrades. It received a limited-slip differential to better cope with the torque and power. Anti-lock brakes were also added, as was an alarm system and an air bag.

The Mercedes-Benz 560 SL sold well despite its hefty $48,000 price tag. In 1990, Mercedes-Benz retired the R107 chassis, introduced the first all-new SL in 18 years. Average annual sales for the 560 SL exceeded 12,000 cars.

This particular example has 2,950 original miles on its odometer. It is finished in Blue Green Metallic over Cream Beige leather interior. It has the pagoda-style removable hardtop, in matching Blue Green Metallic, and a black soft convertible top.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2018

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2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $70,000-USD $90,000 
Sale Price :
USD $95,200

1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Mercedes-Benz 560 SL

(Data based on Model Year 1988 sales)
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Roadster
Sold for USD$24,750
  2022 Mecum : Glendale
 
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible
Sold for USD$28,600
  2022 Mecum : Glendale
 
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Roadster
Sold for USD$20,350
  2022 Mecum : Glendale
 
1988 MERCEDES-BENZ 560 SL
Chassis#: WDBBA48D7JA089466
Sold for USD$92,400
  2022 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island Auction
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL image  1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL image  
1988 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL ROADSTER
Chassis#: WDBBA48D5JA076361
Sold for USD$38,500
  2022 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL
Sold for USD$19,800
  2022 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL
Sold for USD$33,000
  2022 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible
Sold for USD$28,050
  2021 Mecum : Chicago
 
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Roadster
Sold for USD$28,600
  2021 Mecum : Orlando
 
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible
Sold for USD$18,700
  2021 Mecum : Orlando
 
1988 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL
Chassis#: WDBBA48D0JA090068
Sold for USD$54,880
  2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL image  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible
Sold for USD$20,350
  2021 Mecum : Indy 2021
 
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible
Sold for USD$35,200
  2021 Mecum : Indy 2021
 
1988 Mercedes Benz SL560
Sold for USD$7,250
  2020 GAA : July 2020
 
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Roadster
Sold for USD$30,250
  2020 Mecum : Indy
 
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible
Sold for USD$11,000
  2020 Mecum : Indy
 
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL
Chassis#: WDBBA48D4JA087948
Sold for USD$43,797
  2020 RM : The European Sale featuring the Petitjean Collection
 
1988 MERCEDES 560SL
Sold for USD$9,540
  2020 McCormick's Auction # 68
 
1988 Mercedes 560SL
Sold for USD$15,250
  2020 GAA : February 2020
 
1988 Mercedes Benz SL560
Sold for USD$7,500
  2020 GAA : February 2020
 

Mercedes-Benz 560 SLs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible 2022 Mecum : Tulsa$30,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SLWDBBA48D4JA0915802022 RM Sothebys : Sand Lots $25,000$30,000
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible 2022 Mecum : Kissimmee$19,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible 2021 Mecum : Orlando$30,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz SL 560WDBBA48D1JAO823972020 Bonhams MPH March Auction $12,000$16,000
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$25,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$42,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$10,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL 2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL ConvertibleWDBBA48D4JA0834942019 Mecum : Monterey$14,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL ConvertibleWDBBA48D1JA0879072019 Mecum : Monterey$12,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible 2019 Mecum : Harrisburg$16,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SELWDB1260392A4092452019 H & H Classic Car $4,000$5,000
1988 MERCEDES 560 SL 2019 McCormick's # 66$18,000  
1988 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL 2019 Leake OKC 2019$16,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$10,000  
1988 MERCEDES 560 SEL 4 DOOR 2018 McCormick's # 65$630  
1988 MERCEDES BENZ 560 SL RoadsterWDBBAA48D5JA0821302018 McCormick's # 65$6,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible 2018 Russo & Steele : Monterey   
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Roadster 2018 Collector Car Toronto Spring$13,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SLWDBBA48D4JA0846452018 Mecum : Los Angeles$11,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL 2017 Mecum : Las Vegas$15,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible 2017 Mecum : Louisville$28,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL 2017 Mecum : Dallas$2,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible 2017 Mecum : Harrisburg$42,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible 2017 Mecum : Denver$12,000  
1988 Mercedes Benz 560SL Convertible 2017 Russo & Steele : Newport Beach   
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible 2017 Collector Car Toronto Spring Classic$11,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Roadster 2017 Collector Car Toronto Spring Classic$17,000  
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL 2017 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale $20,000$25,000

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