Hi, thank you for submitting your question to Answers.Google, I hope I
can provide the information you are seeking.
It is difficult to be really precise about the original price of an
older car when there are various accessories and somewhat flexible
dealer costs, but you can find the average used prices at Kelley Blue
Book ? www.kbb.com
This model is only listed as a 2 door roadster with a 5.6 liter V8 engine.
With AC, power steering, power windows, power door locks, cruise
control, AM/FM/cassette player, alloy wheels, leather, and ABS (the
basic package), the average dealer retail value today with 96,000
miles is $17,350.
To get the original list price the best resource I know is the
?Standard Catalog of Imported Cars,? by James M. Flammang, ISBN
087341-158-7, Krause Publications.
The listings for 1988 are as follows:
560SL 2-dr Rds-2p, 388CID V-8, weight 3,570 lbs. POE price $61,130.
That is your car. POE is the port of entry price which doesn?t include
some of the variable costs at local dealers including additional
shipping costs which aren?t the same for all locations.
This is the price for the base version of the vehicle which is what
you have described.
Although there don?t appear to have been any significant changes
during the production years, the price jumped dramatically for this
vehicle, going from $48,200 (1986) to $55,300 in 1987) to $61,130
(1988) and finally $64,230 in the final year of production, 1989.
The actual cost at a dealer probably began about $1,000 higher than
the POE price and was up to $3,000 higher or even more the further you
move away from the port of entry which was, I believe, in New Jersey.
I hope you find this information meets your needs.
Thank you again for turning to Answers.Google for help. BTW, that is a
GREAT car, I used to own a pair of 190SL convertibles and they only
got better in later years. If you are trying to buy one, have it
checked out carefully, but mostly for any hidden crash damage.