Portfolio Mismanagement: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SL R107

The Mercedes-Benz R107 2-door roadster has been a pretty good value for the past decade or so, with prices languishing around the cost of a good engine rebuild.  That might be changing in the next few years as Hagerty has registered a serious uptick in value according to their online reports, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a cheap version with the big V8 and a King Kong hood ornament.  Find this 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SL offered for $2500 in Rhode Island via craigslist.  Tip from Art C.

Tipper Art suggested that the non-stock hood ornament was a rooster or cock, but I think it looks like a small gorilla mooning people in front of the car — what do you think it is? Regardless, the R107 generation Mercedes-Benz two-seat drop-top mated the mechanical components of the W114 sedan with the engines from the W108.

In the North American market 560SL, power comes from a 5.6 liter V8 that produces 227 horsepower and 287 ft-lbs of torque that is mated to a 4-speed automatic.  You won’t win many drag races, but the car feels very capable at freeway passing speeds.

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