1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL AMG

Rétromobile 2020 - RM Sotheby’s
Wednesday, 5 February 2020
$88,048 (€80,000)
Not sold at a high bid of
Lot Number
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis No. WDB1260391A497466. Anthracite Gray metallic over black leather. 6.0-liter, 375-hp V-8. Automatic. AMG wheels and body kit, headlight washers, Continental tires, sunroof, white-face gauges, power windows, air conditioning, and later Sony stereo.

Evaluation: Original | From the Youngtimer Collection. Sold new in Japan. Showing 62,189 believable kilometers (38,642 miles). Dull plastic grille and door handles. Small chips on the nose and light scratching on the doors. The woodgrain trim on the back of the seats is badly faded and cracking. In the front it’s just faded. Good leather. Tidy underneath. Early, pre-merger AMGs are getting quite collectible and this is a charmingly sinister car, but it’s also a used one.

Bottom Line: RM sold a ’91 560SEL AMG in similar specs but with higher mileage in Essen last year for €109,250 (about $120,040 at the time), and interest in AMGs has only risen since then, so the consignor here can’t be blamed for expecting more than the high bid.

by Hagerty Insider
7 February 2020
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