100 percent original with a 5,6 liter (V8) power source, this stunningly beautiful Mercedes-Benz 560 SL Cabriolet drives its summer rides in Friesland. The car is the first owner and was registered on the Dutch license plate in 2019, with Gert-Jan becoming the first Dutch owner of this 34-year-old young timer. Gert-Jan is an enthusiastic jovial man with a passion for sporty young and old-timers.
By: Dirk de Jong
This Mercedes-Benz 560 SL Cabriolet was only available on the American, Australian and Japanese markets in this version. The immaculate car now stands out for its sparkling paint and the special American version of the bumpers. In addition to the hardtop, there is also a fabric convertible top that can be lowered if you want to enjoy nature in a pleasant way. So the unrestricted view all around, enjoy the sun, and the sounds of the birds and the smells of nature.
Gert-Jan: “In addition to my daily utility car, I have always been a fan of sporty models, I previously drove a great Briton, a 1974 MG MGB convertible. When the Mercedes arrived in the Netherlands, I only woke him up technically. It was in excellent condition and perfectly maintained, there was nothing more to improve. The First Aid Kit had never had a band-aid removed, there was even a box of cassettes with hits from the 80s left behind. The Mercedes-Benz 560 SL Cabriolet exudes class and I am happy that it is exactly the way it came off the production line. ”
It is not only expressions of praise that Gert-Jan receives. Other enthusiasts advise him to mount European bumpers, but he will not follow that advice. He just has to stay original. His response: “I sometimes give myself advice that makes it difficult for me to follow them. Let alone follow up on those of others. It remains my hobby to keep the Mercedes-Benz 560 SL Cabriolet in its original competition condition. I try to convey that passion to other enthusiasts. ”
The class of the Mercedes is not only expressed by the make, but also by the condition of the car. The car should be shiny and clean, so the cleaning cloth is always on hand to maximize the appeal. Here again it appears that there is something between enthusiasts and their cars. The relationship is not rational, but emotional. Or would it be some kind of instinct after all?