1988 Mercedes Benz 560 SL


AutoArcheologist
Middletown, CT 06457
United States

1988 Mercedes-Benz 560
Price
$11,000
Condition
Good / Fair
Mileage
124,000
Transmission Type
Automatic
Exterior Color
Blue
Interior Color
Tan
Category  Foreign Cars

Description
1988 Mercedes Benz 560 SL This is a 4 owner car that has spent all of it's time in CT. Originally purchased from the Carriage House in New London, her owner was in Niantic. She then moved to her second owner in South Windsor and her third owner moved her to West Hartford. The current owner is also in West Hartford. After enjoying her for several years, it's now time to move her on to a new home. The 560 is a 5.6L V8 that puts out a little over 220 HP and close 280 lb.ft of .....
torque. This one has just over 124,000 miles but runs very strong. The inside name for these when they were on the drawing board was the Panzerwagen as they were built very strong, and durable like a tank. This one is painted in Midnight Blue (which has been resprayed) over a Palomino leather interior, which has also been "resprayed"... The front seats have been re-dyed in original color. From the factory these came with power steering, power disc brakes (F&R), AC, cruise control, driver side air bag, power windows, central locking mechanism, to name a few. Additional underhood codes include: 262-Spoiler delete, 519-Becker Mexico Radio, 551 Anti-Theft warning and 581-Automatic Climate Control. Currently the AC/Fan are not working but will be fixed before it is purchased. The interior shows some wear from the 124K miles but the issues aren't insurrmountable by someone with a little shade-tree mechanic experience, filling and dying again. The paint looks beautiful, especially from about 10 feet away, as one gets closer one can see the small nicks and scratches, most of which are on the back end, most probably from someone having a hard time installing the hard top. The hard top IS included however, it was not at the location when taking these photos. More to follow. Any engine or vehicle with over 100,000 miles can be expected to have a couple leaks and this one is no exception, nothing major, just some gasket seepage on the lower end. Recent work done includes the steering rag joint, brakes, the rims have been refinished and a general tune up. The under carriage is rather solid, aside from one very small spot of corrosion on the right side pinch weld. Two of the four jack points also show some corrosion around them but not full on rot through. Overall, this is a great weekend cruiser, solid driver. She won't be winning any shows but she will win admiration from those who see her drive by. She can be had for roughly a 6th of what she sold off the dealer lot for in 1988. Back then her sticker price as seen on the original window sticker was $62,430. Asking price is $11,000. Any questions, for many more photos and video, to schedule a time to see her in person or to make an offer, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you for the interest.
Features
2dr
Power Disc Brakes
Air Conditioning
Power Locks
AM/FM Radio
Power Steering
Cassette Player
Power Windows
Convertible
Tilt Wheel
Cruise Control
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Finding Lost Automotive Souls

It must have started when I was a kid, at 4 years old, lying in a hospital bed, watching my roommate build model cars. I HAD to have a model car too, so my Dad went out and bought me a plastic model of a 1964 MB 230 SL that we built together before I was released; so began my love affair of all things automotive, fast cars, bright colors, loud engines.

My attentions have since "matured" to the subtle lines of a classic Jaguar, the growl of a Ferrari V12, the distinct aroma emanating from the original leather interior of a recently unearthed Cunningham, or cool fall air rushing through our hair as we drive Amelia, our 76 MGB roadster. Not that I don't appreciate the fast cars and loud engines anymore; my palette has simply expanded. To me, an automobile is not merely a mode of transport to bring one from point A to B, but an experience of all the senses.

We have all seen them; some may even have them right now in their own yard: what appears to be the carcass of an old car, wasting away in the side yard, under a tarp, in a barn... These automotive lost souls are what I have set out to save if at all possible. The souls of these relics are the stories that are attached to them through years of ownership, maybe by one person/family or possibly a dozen or more. In some cases, our friend may be too far gone to bring back to road-worthiness, however, many times that is not the case. Once matched up with the next conservator, the motorcar gains a new lease on life as additional memories are instilled upon it.


That is why we do it... What is it that we do?

Archeology is the study of man's past by studying the remains of his culture. Each automobile sitting in someone's yard, barn, garage or under a tarp is a way to dig into the past of the car, it's previous owners, by studying the the stories attached to it... looking into it's soul.

As I travel the back-roads and byways of Connecticut and New England I see many of these aforementioned "artifacts". What I have set out to do is document in photos and text the stories attached to many of these vehicles. If at all possible, to save them from disintegrating into iron oxide dust and put them into the hands of those who will enjoy adding chapters to the story, whether they chose to use the car as a donor so that another may live, or bring the car back and put it back into service. Sometimes, those cars haven't fallen into disrepair and the owners simply want or need to move the car. We're there to assist in putting those cars into the hands of the next conservator.

If you are interested in any of the cars for sale on my web site, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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