Mercedes 560SL Information


The Mercedes-Benz 560SL debuted in 1985 with the Type 107 body shell that was first used with the 1970 350SL. The 560SL was a convertible coupe that was specifically designed for the United States market, and was initially offered for under $50,000. During its last year of production, in 1989, the price tag had risen above $64,000.

Powertrain and Drivetrain

  • All model years of the Mercedes 560SL were equipped with an overhead camshaft 5.6-liter, V-8 engine that produced 227 horsepower and 279 foot-pounds of torque. The V-8 engine was mated to an automatic transmission.


  • The Mercedes-Benz could accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in eight seconds and had a top speed near 136 miles per hour (mph). In 2008, the 1986 Mercedes 560SL received an updated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated 12 miles per gallon (mpg) city and 16 mpg highway.


  • The Mercedes 560SL was equipped with a limited-slip differential, leather upholstery, anti-lock brakes, driver’s side airbag, stereo radio with cassette, and a power passenger side mirror.


  • Production for the Mercedes-Benz 560SL totaled 45,469 units between 1986 and 1989. There were 11,631 units manufactured in 1986, with a starting price of $48,200. There were 13,394 units manufactured in 1987, with a starting price of $55,300. There were 12,193 units manufactured in 1988, with a starting price of $61,130. The final year, 1989, saw a decrease in production to 8,251 units with a starting price of $64,300.


  • The 560SL was built around the chassis that Mercedes-Benz referred to internally as R107. The R107 chassis was first introduced in 1972, with the 350SL, and continued in use for 18 years. Collectors and enthusiasts consider the 560SL to be the cultural icon that defined the Mercedes-Benz V-8 R107 chassis cars.

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