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1986 Mercedes Benz 560SL Survivor Low Mileage Concour #1 Condition, 29K mi RARE

Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: SL-Class
Type: Convertible
Year: 1986
Mileage: 29000
VIN: WDBBA48D5GA047645
Vehicle Title: Clean
Item location: San Clemente, California, United States

1986 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Additional Info:

1986 Mercedes Benz 560SL Roadster

VIN #WDBBA48D5GA047645

29000 Miles






Original Purchase Odometer Statement

Original Data Plate

(in current/orig owners name)

Hard-Top & Soft Top

Smoke Silver Metallic

(Code 702)

Black Leather Interior

(Code 271)

Black Soft Top

(Barely Ever Seen Light - Perfect)

(Code 740)

5.6 Liter V8

4-Speed Automatic Transmission


Kenwood AM/FM CD Stereo
Power Everything










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Every once in a while I get an opportunity to sell an amazing collector car, one that is in a perfect state of survivor originality. These 560SL’s from the late 80’s have become highly collectable and desirable. They were built back in the “traditional” era of Mercedes Benz, before computer driven systems were put in place. These cars from this era will be on the road long after the computer cars lose their support and end up in the salvage yard with all the old computers we throw away.

I am helping friends sell this car. My background with classic automobiles extends for over 40 years. I have built and restored many Porsches, Mercedes Benz & Corvettes and am a member of numerous car clubs including PCA, 356 Registry & NCRS. I have judged at many top concour events in and around Southern CA for the last 25 years. Survivor and preservation cars are my specialty. I do paint restoration on many classic cars with original paint. This particular example is a stellar, turn-key automobile at the highest-level of originality. This is a solid #1 condition vehicle that needs nothing and runs perfectly. One of the nicest preservation Mercedes Benz’s from this era I have ever put my eyes on.

This is a One Owner Southern CA, Mercedes Benz. He is what I would classify as a car “freak” and a master at keeping a car maintained to perfection. This car does not look like it has ever spent a day of its life out in the light. This Mercedes-Benz was purchased brand new from Johnson Motors (Mercedes Benz) of West Covina, CA on May 7th 1986. Everyday and night of its life has been spent in a garage; very little time out in the sun. This car has always been used as a “special” occasion car and never a daily commuter.

The exterior, interior, wheels, trunk, undercarriage and under the hood all look absolutely brand new. There are no dings or scratches of any kind to this gorgeous automobile and zero signs of repaint to any panels. This vehicle is in absolutely flawless condition and needs nothing. There is an extensive book of records proving the mileage to be accurate as well as a recent clean CarFax Report (attached in pictures).

The file of early service records is not available, but records since 2005 are pictured in the photo gallery along with a list of what has been done below in this write-up.

Body & Paint

The Body is simply a 10, not one flaw on it anywhere that I can find. I cannot find one ding or one scratch. The Paint is a 9.9 out of 10. Scratch that.. it is a 10. Every panel is flawless and original and has NEVER had any paint or body repair. The factory original light orange peel and color matches from panel to panel all the way around the car. You simply will not find a body and paint as perfect as this car. It is almost impossible for me to imagine a car that has lived 34 years on this planet and not been damaged at least once, but it is not a stretch as the owner never used the car as a daily driver. This was simply a weekend, special occasion car.

The chrome as well the exterior rubber and trim is also a 10. The chrome factory wheels are a 9.9 out of 10 and have no abrasions. The imperfections you see in the pictures are just picked up from the surrounding ground reflection on the chrome wheels. The wheels have NO abrasions. The Glass is all original to the car and never been replaced.

The body and paint on this car is as close to “concours” as I have ever seen on a survivor/preservation car from this era. This car would do very well at one of the top concours events in the country with this level of total originality.

This would be a stellar car to present at Mercedes Benz Club events around the Country.

Smoke Silver Metallic was “the” color back in 1986. It is difficult to describe this color, it is not silver and it is not “sand” color, it is somewhere in between depending on the light. I really want to call this color a shade of platinum.

The first and second pictures below this text best represent the true color. They were both taken at the same time, the first picture being taken on the “sunny” side of the car (sun at my back as I took the picture) and the second picture was on the “shaded” side of the car (sun was in my face).


The interior on this classic roadster is simply as nice as it gets, I would rate it a 9.9 out of 10. The carpets, mats, seats, dash, wood and door panels are all immaculate. This is as nice as it gets. You would think it was brand new. The seats are firm and comfortable, just like when they were new. The leather has no cracked panels, at it is supple and has a wonderful feel to the touch. The bolsters have zero wear. The carpets are near perfection. The headliner in the hard top is as new.

The soft-top is in immaculate condition and has basically always been stored below the hardtop, rarely used. The plastic window was recently professional cleaned.


The mechanics on this car are perfect and the engine is smooth and responsive just like the day it was bought. The car has been driven on a regular basis; starting it and driving it occasionally to keep it in top working order. The transmission shifts like it is brand new. The car drives down the road straight and true with no shimmy’s, rattles or problems of any sort. Driving these SL’s from this era is truly fun as they have that old German road feel to them. The ride quality is superb as well it handles like a sports car should.

Over $10K has been invested since 2005 or the last 3000 miles. See the list of items below.

The radio works, the windows work perfectly, the wipers, the cruise control and every single system in this car works like the day it came out of the factory. The AC currently needs a charge, but that’s it.


The Undercarriage is immaculate and dry. There is no signs of rust or any leaks of any kind. All the suspension parts are like new and work to Mercedes specs. All the original undercoating and painted parts are as they came from the factory.

The car is turnkey, it needs nothing and is ready to go.

If you are looking for one of the finest examples on the planet from the final classic era of Mercedes Benz SL’s, you just found it. These vehicles are just starting to be recognized and have a long way to go in collector value.

The 560SL is THE ONE to own as it is the most elegant and reliable of the SL series, before and aft.

If you are in or around Southern CA, please take the time to come and look at this gorgeous automobile.

For additional information call Frank at 949-310-6262.

05-05 26083 Credo Automotive - Oil Change $123

07-06 26778 Credo Auto -New Battery & Batt Disconnect $126

05-09 27972 Credo Auto - New Front Brake Pads & Rotors, Engine Isulators $764

03-12 28249 Credo Auto - Small Radiator Leak $1250

New Radiator - Thermostat - Hoses - Coolant

New 02 Sensor - New TW Sensor

07-13 28308 Credo Auto - Replaced Max AirFlow Sensor $1624

04-15 28348 Credo Auto - Replaced Fuel Injector, Trans Service $685

Brake Flush - Belt Retension (all belts) Oil Change

10-16 28737 European Car Specialist - Newport Beach $1582

Complete Safety and Mechanical Inspection

New Mercedes Benz Battery

New Spark Plugs, Air Filter, Air Injection Filter

Brake Flush - Balance all Four Wheels

New Idler Arm Bushings, Steering Dampner,

Left Tie Rod Assembly & Center Drag Link Assembly

11-16 28800 European - Replace Front Shocks $707

Remove Hardtop $260

(Released jammed safety pin to remove top &

adjust top release handle cable and linkages of

the locking mechanism)

Professionally Cleaned Plastic Window $50

04-17 28913 European $2934

Failed Smog

8 Hours Labor

Replaced Sensor Control ECU

Replaced Oxygen Sensor

Cleaned all grounds & power points

Cleaned exhaust bolts and nuts at manifold

Replaced fuel injection control unit

Smog Check (Pass)

06-20 28974 European - Annual Service $740

Engine Oil & Filter

Flushed - Bled Brakes

Checked all fluid levels

Inspect Complete Vehicle

Smog Check

Resealed Right Side Valve Cover Gasket


The car is for sale locally and we reserve the right to cancel this auction at any time before the end of the auction. We do not have a Buy It Now Price listed.

The car will be made available for inspection by serious bidders throughout the auction. Please e-mail us if you would like to see the car. If you prefer, we can arrange to have a qualified, independent, professional mechanic perform a pre-purchase inspection for you (at your expense). It is the buyers responsibility to verifythat all of the sellers information and claims about the car are true and correct prior to the sale of the vehicle. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL NOT ACCEPT PAYPAL AS A FORM OF PAYMENT. THIS IS TRUE FOR BOTH THE INITIAL DEPOSIT AS WELL AS THE FINAL PAYMENT.
Winning bidder must contact us within 24 hours of auction end, and make arrangements for payment at that time. A $1000.00deposit is due within 48 hours of end of auction. The deposit can be made by cash (please do not mail cash!), bank check, cashier's check, or bank transfer (preferred). The remainder is due within 7d days of Auction end. The remaining balance must be made in the form of a bank transfer (preferred) Cashier'scheck, or bank check (all forms of payment subject to verification). PayPal will not be accepted as a form of payment for either the deposit or the final payment. If no contact is made within 24 hours we reserve the right to re-list the vehicle, sell it to the next high bidder, or sell it otherwise. Please arrange financing prior to bidding. Once the final balance has been paid, title transfer paperwork will be initiated.
Buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping of this vehicle. If you wish to have it shipped using a service, we will gladly cooperate, you can locate shippers by doing a search for “auto shippers”. We have relationships with both domestic and international shippers should you need some assistance.

This vehicle is being sold as is, where is with no warranty, expressed written or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to purchase based upon that judgment solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer's request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle. Please Check My Feedback- I value my 100% positive rating, and will do my best to keep it.

The winning bidder should have the car insured from the time the final payment is made to us. Once final payment is made, we will exercise a generally accepted standard of care, but the buyer assumes all liability and risk once the final payment is made.
Before delivery of the vehicle, the winning bidder must provide a photocopy of a valid driver’s license. Delivery is defined as the time at which physical possession of the car is transferred from us, the seller, to the buyer or the buyers’ agent or chosen transport company.
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