6 Interesting Facts about the Mercedes Benz 560SL
- The Mercedes Benz 560SL was named based on its engine displacement-its overhead camshaft V8 carried a capacity of 5.6 liters. In the late 1980s, its engine produced 238 horsepower and 287 foot-pounds of torque in detuned U.S. guise. During the same period, the Ferrari 328 had an engine that produced 270 horsepower, while the Porsche 911 Turbo churned out 300 horsepower. Mercedes Benz then realized that had the 560SL's motor not been burdened with U.S. spec smog equipment, the car would have been far more powerful.
- According to the Kelly Blue Book website, a used Mercedes Benz 560SL should cost around $10,550 or so, a value that's a bit higher than what other used cars fetch. This is due to the fact that Mercedes Benz owners tend to keep very good care of their cars, so the chances of finding a well-kept 560SL are very high.
- A 1986 560SL Convertible was once offered for sale at the 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields auction held at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, California, and it was estimated to sell between $15,000 and $20,000. The car was well preserved and was purchased by a buyerfor more than the estimated value-it was sold for $21,060.
- The 560SL is a favorite car in Hollywood movies. Among the films it has appeared in are Beverly Hills Cop II, Me, Myself and Irene, Cadillac Man, and the 2011 comedy Take Me Home Tonight. It has also appeared in the hit TV series Dallas, which ran from 1978-1991.
- Although the Mercedes Benz 560SL was sold only in the USA, Canada, Japan, and Australia, it became popular at that time. It was specifically manufactured with a reduced output of the 5.0-liter engine due to stricter emission laws in these markets compared to other countries.
- In 1981, production began for the 380SL, a car that Mercedes initially intended as a continuation to the iconic 450SL. However, after five years of production, the 380SL proved to be unreliable and gave way to the muscular 560SL in 1986. The 560SL soon became a cultural icon, with its price tag surprisingly rising from $16,000 in 1986 to $64,230 in 1989.