Price: US $29,900.00 Item location: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Mercedes-Benz
  • Model: SL-Class
  • SubModel: 560SL, Both Tops
  • Type: Convertible
  • Trim: 560SL, Both Tops
  • Doors: 2
  • Year: 1988
  • Mileage: 63035
  • VIN: WDBBA48D9JA091932
  • Color: Black
  • Engine size: 5.6 Liter V8
  • Power options: Air conditioning, Cruise control, Power locks, Power windows
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Interior color: Black
  • Safety options: Driver airbag
  • Options: Leather seats, Cassette player, Convertible
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1988 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 560SL, Both Tops


Please call Matt directly at 513-708-1468 with any questions about this car.

Seven Hills Motorcars is very proud to offer this low mileage 1988 Mercedes 560SL in absolutely spectacular condition. This is one of the nicest 560SL's available on the market right now and truly an investment grade car. The market on the 560SL is absolutely red hot right now. Very low mileage and original examples of the R107 Mercedes SL are exceptionally difficult to find and draw a huge premium in the current market. This 560SL is exceptionally original with the correct VIN stickers on all of the body panels. It is an original California version, verified by the 494 code on the data tag.

There is copy of the AutoCheck report on this car pictured below. It is totally clean and shows no accident history. The low original mileage is verified not only by the condition of the car, but also the clear Ohio title showing the mileage as "Actual."

This 560SL looks outstanding, runs great, and is and awesome driver. It comes with both the soft-top and auxiliary hardtop. The car has been in the dealership owner's personal collection for almost three years. Over that time we have owned and sold dozens of other 560SL's and this car was kept as a personal vehicle during that because we truly think this is one of the nicest, cleanest, and best examples we have seen. Over the past few years we have put about 350 miles on this car. During that time it was flawlessly reliable and always a true please to drive.

This is an excellent opportunity to own a classic Mercedes that is ready to be used and enjoyed at an unbeatable value. One could easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price in years to come. The car come with service records and some stamps in the maintenance book. Some of those maintenance stamps are pictured below included one showing the car has had the 60,000 mile service completed. Also included with the car are the original owner's manual, maintenance booklet, Service and Warranty Information booklet, and the top operation book, along with two convertible top wrenches, radio booklet, radio code card, spare tire and rim, and jack, some service records, Mercedes First Aid Kit, Mercedes tools, and tool roll, which are all pictured below

This Mercedes is finished in the beautiful and desirable color combination of triple back, Black (040) exterior over Black Leather interior (271) with a black soft-top (740). This is the correct and original color scheme as verified on the data tag pictured below as well as the vehicle data card. Please peruse all of the photos, video, and other information below to get a true sense of clean and nice this 560SL really is.

This Mercedes is verified as "numbers matching" meaning the engine in the car is the correct and original unit that was installed in the factory. It is especially rare, but this 560SL has the "vehicle data card" from the Mercedes factory, which is pictured below. It shows the original engine number to be "117967 12 040590." We have checked the engine and confirmed that same engine number stamped on the left side of the engine block. All of the paint and trim codes are also correct and match the vehicle data card and the data tag by the radiator.

As a side note, this Mercedes is not a dealer auction vehicle. We hand pick each car after careful inspection. Our classics come from owners who expect their cars to go to someone that will give the vehicle the same care and attention as they did. We invite and encourage you to examine the car in person or have the car inspected. Please take the time to scrutinize each picture. We photograph each vehicle to the greatest extent so you can feel confident about your purchase. If you have a question about the 560SL, just give us a call.


The Black (040) exterior is in spectacular condition. As one can see in the photos, the paint has a brilliant gloss, deep shine, and smooth finish. Both doors open and shut nicely; it has that solid Mercedes touch and feels like a vault door closing. The car exhibits great body panel fit overall. We have seen no paint lines, overspray or other signs of paintwork at all. A sticker with this individual Mercedes VIN is present on all the body parts we checked, the hood, trunk, both doors, both front fenders, both rear fenders, and both the front and rear bumper. This is another excellent sign of originally, no accident history, and no paint work. The chrome and other bright-work look excellent with a brilliant finish. The alloy wheels have a great finish and no curb rash. The Continental tires are almost brand new with less than 300 miles on them and are correctly sized 205/65R15. There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. As with any paintjob with this many years on it there are some very small blemishes around the car that are too tiny so show up in the photos, but nothing that is really noticeable from about 5 feet away. As one can seen in the many photos of the underside, this 560SL is very clean underneath. We have also included specific photos of the rockers, lower front and rear quarter panels, and other areas on the car most prone to rust to show how nice it looks.

A sticker with this individual Mercedes VIN is present on all the body parts we checked, the hood, trunk, both doors, both front fenders, both rear fenders, and both the front and rear bumper. This is another excellent sign of originally, no accident history, and no paint work. We have seen no paint lines, overspray or other signs of paintwork at all.


The Black Leather (271) interior of the 560SL looks absolutely fantastic. The seats are in excellent condition with no tears, rips, or split seams. The seat is not overly worn in the typical are on the driver's bolster where the drier gets in and out. Please note that these appear to be the original seats and skins, not some cheap aftermarket cover or replacement. All of the gauges faces are crisp and clean and the lenses are crystal clear. The carpet looks terrific with no stains, rips, or holes. The original door panels look great with no cracks or splits, and both door pulls are solid and in tact. The convertible soft top is in excellent shape with no rips or split seams. The dash is in great condition with no cracks, fading, or sun damage. The Black (740) convertible soft top is in good shape with no rips or split seams, and the rear windows are clear with no fogginess or yellowing. This car has never been smoked in; there is no aroma of cigarettes what so ever, obviously no burn marks, and the factory lighter looks brand new and have never been used.

The trunk is very clean and nicely detailed with the original spare tire and rim, jack, and tool kit with the correct Mercedes wrenches. Please note that the original Mercedes first-aid kit is complete and also still with the car.

The excellent condition of this all original interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care and attention this Mercedes has received throughout its life.


This 560SL appears to be in great mechanical condition; everything on the car works and it is ready to be enjoyed. There are some maintenance records included with the car. As stated above I have personally put 350 miles on this Mercedes and during that time is the completely reliable with no problems at all. The engine starts right away every time, idles smooth, and runs great. It is an exceptional driver that feels nice on the road and at highway speeds. In the video below one can observe the car accelerating on the highway up to about 70mph, shifting through all the gears, braking to a stoplight, and going through some curves. Please note that it shifts well, runs great, there are no vibrations, and the car performs quite nice overall. The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. There is no blue smoke when starting or driving the car. It runs cool and does not overheat. The gauge shows that the engine makes great oil pressure. Also, the engine bay is clean, nicely detailed, and correct as one can see from the photos.

Please note in the video that all of the warning lights work properly. They light up when the key is first turned on and then go off when the engine is started. There are no "check engine" or other warning lights that stay on. The horn works as do the fog lights, headlights, brights, turn signals, interior lights, indicators, dash gauges lights, wipers, power locks, and fan. All of the gauges work, including the clock. The a/c works and blows cold. The original radio works, gets good reception, and sounds great. This Mercedes has lots of power with the 5.6 liter engine. Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially with the top down on a beautiful day.

Overall Condition

Overall, this 1988 560SL is in excellent condition and is a truly and investment grade classic. This car is a premium example; it is very original with all original body panels with the original VIN stickers and a clean AutoCheck history with no accidents. The original triple black color combination is one of the most desirable and beautiful for this body style. The market for the R107 body style SL Mercedes is very strong right now, particularly for the 560SL's from 1988 to 1989 model years. This Mercedes is a great value and will only appreciate over time. Someone could easily enjoy this vehicle for several years and sell it for more than the purchase price with minimal effort.

Thank you for looking and please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions.

exterior color code040Black (Schwarz)interior color code271Black Leathersoft-top color code740Blackoption codedescription12Automatic Transmission048560SL240Outside temperature indicator262Elimination of rear end spoilers442Airbag in steering wheel461Instruments with English lettering494California Version506Outside rear view mirror, right, electriclly adjustible519Becker radio Grand Prix electronic cassettes524Paint coat Preservation531Automatic Antenna543Sun visor with vanity mirror551Anti-theft warning system570Folding Armrest531Automatic Antenna592Heat insulated glass, heated rear window639Radial ply tires66410 Liters of Fuel and Mode of Packing VE III740Folding Top Black Fabric