Waaay back in 1987, when I graduated from High School, you knew someone’s parents were loaded, big time, if they got one of these babies as a graduation present. Nobody I knew got one of these. I most certainly didn’t get one of these. I did have a nice meal at a good restaurant though, and I can still remember it. Was it worth the 12 years of public school to get that meal? Uhhh, no. But it was a good one nonetheless.
Wait, come to think of it, that wasn’t high school. That was college. I don’t think I got anything for “passing Go” in 1987. Then again, I don’t think I got much out of those 12 years of public school either, so it serves me right. I remember sitting in the parking lot of my school the day of graduation with my two friends Greg and George. I had a 1981 Z-car, Greg had a early 1980’s Monte Carlo, and George had a 1963 Impala. We were the last to leave the parking lot by about 2 hours. We just hung out with each other and with our cars. Car guys. Good times.
Looking back, I did know a friend of my father’s who had done well in commercial real estate who did have a 1980’s SL and it was a beautiful cream color. My thought was then that it was a classic. It certainly gave the impression that it was something built for the ages. Sort of like what you’d expect from a handmade walnut dining room set. And like the dining room set (one of which I specifically have in mind), it probably was never really cutting edge in terms of design but just always looked…expensive and well crafted, and that it would never really go out of style.
While none of my sweaters survived in the 1980’s, this M-B 560SL Hardtop and Softop convertible roadster most certainly did. With an odometer reading 66,229, these baby has just enough exercise to develop it’s legs, but not so much to make it a tired old nag. No, not by a long shot. Sporting original white paint over cream leather interior and wood trim, everything about this car screams pride of ownership.
Seller states that it has always been garaged and has had a relaxed life in the SoCal sun. Included in the sale are both hard and soft tops which are said to be in excellent condition. 5.6 liter V-8 engine and auto trans are said to be in good condition and it has a new battery and set of Michelins. The AC blows cold, should you need that sort of thing while you are talking to your “agent” while sitting in traffic.
The ask of $23,000 reflects the phenomenal condition of the car. Trust me it was a lot more when it was new, even in 1987 dollars. Further, if you were to go back in time with your 2019 dollars, you’d be paying about $110,000 for it. So, pick up the clean title from the seller, and it’s ready to convey you, a friend, and your golf clubs to the nearest links…or to give to your new graduate.
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