1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

In 1971, Mercedes embarked on a redesign of its iconic SL model, backed by a rich legacy. The earlier introduction of the incomparable 300SL Coupe and Roadster less than two decades prior had captivated the world. The subsequent generation, the 230/250/280SL in 1963, replaced both the legendary 300SL and the four-cylinder 190SL, solidifying the SL’s reputation as the epitome of sophistication and refinement among sports cars.

Mercedes took a new approach with this iteration of the SL, utilizing the chassis of the mid-size “W114/115” model and incorporating engines from the esteemed “W116” S-Class. This fusion resulted in a luxurious convertible offering both six- and eight-cylinder engines, establishing the SL as the longest-running passenger car series in Mercedes-Benz history. Despite its longevity, the ultimate evolution of the SL, the 5.6-liter V8 560SL, continues to be coveted as both an automotive status symbol and a quintessential element of the brand’s lineup.

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