Author: Andrew Noakes
Publisher: Crowood Press UK
Release Date: 2004-10-30
Mercedes Benz has now been manufacturing SL sports cars for fifty years, and for all that time the cars adorned with those two special letters have been admired and coveted by car lovers the world over. It all started in 1954, with the fabulous and iconic 300SL Gullwing, a road car developed directly from the stunning 300SLR racing car. Other models followed, including the more affordable 190SL, the μPagoda' car of the sixties and the stylish ranges of the seventies and eighties. Mercedes now use the SL tag before rather than after the numbers in the cars' designations, but the line is as strong as ever, with a magnificent new range and an SLR supercar developed with McLaren that takes the family right back to its roots.
Author: Andrew Noakes
Publisher: The Crowood Press
Release Date: 2017-11-20
As one of the most remarkable models that Mercedes-Benz has ever created, the 107-series was a sales success for nearly two decades and has been an automotive icon for far longer. Elegant styling, effortless performance and superior build quality are central to the appeal of the Mercedes-Benz R107 SL and C107 SL models. This book details the complete history of the model from its design in the late 1960s, its launch in 1971, its development through the 1970s and 1980s to the end of production in 1989. Accompanied by over 250 archive pictures and original images, Mercedes-Benz SL and SLC 107-Series 1971-1989 - The Complete Story reveals the story behind the racing SLs and the works rally SLCs, and provides a valuable guide to buying and running these cars. Superbly illustrated with 260 archive and original colour and black & white photographs.
In 1963 the Mercedes W113 replaced two cars: the 300 SL racing legend and the successful 190 SL. In the process, the 230/250/280 SL two-seat coupe/roadster became an icon not only by carving out the perfect niche between its two predecessors, but also by being like no other car on the road. Mercedes W113 - The Complete Story explores both the technical and social side of how this legend was born. The book covers: the W113's predecessors - the 300 SL and the 190 SL; design and development of the 230, 250 and 280 SL models, including the distinctive concave 'Pagoda' roof and the 'Californian Coupe' rear seat option; Bela Barenyi's innovations that made the 230 SL the first 'safety sports car'; rallying successes for the W113; the R107 successor, with specialist advice on 'Pagoda' restorations, and the W113 in popular culture. Superbly illustrated with 249 colour photographs.
Author: James Taylor
Publisher: Herridge & Sons Limited
Release Date: 2013-03-01
This originality guide covers the Mercedes SL sports cars from the W113 'Pagoda' of 1963 to the R129 which ended production in 2003. Model-by-model, with hundreds of pictures, it gives you all the details of correct factory specifications and equipment, including body panels, external trim and badging, paint colours, interior trim and trim colours, dashboard, instruments and switches, under-bonnet components, engine and transmission, lamps, and all other features right down to the tool kit, from the beginning of production to the end. All this detailed information is vital to the buyer, owner and restorer.
Essential Mercedes SL Laurence Meredith Subtitled: 19SL & Pagoda Models, the Cars and Their Story 1955-71. History, descriptions and analysis of the full range of Mercedes sports cars from 1955 to 1971, represented by the delightful 19SL ofthe 195s and the timeless Pagoda-roof models of the 196s. Contains informative specs, performance d ata and production figures. Sftbd., 8 1/4x 1 1/4, 8 pgs., 6 b&w ill., 6 color.
Author: Brian Long
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
Release Date: 2013-05-01
This detailed and beautifully illustrated book covers the Mercedes-Benz 129-series, which ran from 1989 to 2001. Written by a well-respected motoring writer, this will no-doubt prove to be the definitive study of the subject. Extensive appendices cover engine specifications, chassis numbers, build numbers, and more.
Author: James Taylor
Release Date: 2015-05-31
Designed by Mercedes's head of design Bruno Sacco, the W124 range immediately became the benchmark by which medium-sized car models were judged in the late 1980s due to its engineering excellence and high build quality. There was a model to suit every would-be-buyer, from the taxi driver through the family motorist and on to those who were willing and able to pay for luxury and performance. This book covers: design, development and manufacture of all models of W124 including estates, cabriolets and the stylish coupe range; engines and performance; special editions and AMG models and, finally, buying and owning a W124 today. Superbly illustrated with 264 colour photographs.
From the earliest workshop days to the grandest marque in the automotive world, the story of one of the most important enterprises of the twentieth century comes alive in this complete history. The rich history of Daimler-Benz (now DaimlerChrysler) has its roots in the early experimentation with the use of the internal combustion engine by three men: Carl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler, and William Maybach. Benz, working alone, and Daimler and Maybach, working together, the two shops separated by a mere sixty miles, in the late 1880s simultaneously laid the foundation of what would become the German automotive industry. At first there was competition between Benz & Cie. and Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft, as they engineered and styled the earliest motorwagens and began to develop markets for their products. These early efforts led to the establishment of an entire industry by the start of World War I. But the war and its aftermath devastated these two companies, as it did the German economy overall. By the early 1920s it became apparent that the only way to survival was a merger, and thus, on June 29, 1926, the stockholders of both companies gave approval to the new company, Daimler-Benz, which led directly to the birth of one of the world's best-known brands: Mercedes-Benz. In the hands of noted automotive photographer, author, and editor Dennis Adler, the history of the marque and the company unfolds through the decades, as Mercedes-Benz advances in fame, from the racing glory years to the present, becoming the standard that all automakers strive to meet. With archival (many never before published) and the author's own photographs, the beauty and power of the automobile comes alive, from the earliest models to the first crop of twenty-first-century Mercedes-Benzes. It is a story of excellence that is in many ways unmatched in the history of any industry. Today, as a global leader in design, safety, and overall excellence, Mercedes-Benz continues to lead the way.
With prices for the older Mercedes-Benz models, such as the 'Pagoda' and W107 SLs heading ever higher, many enthusiasts are now starting to look at the R129 series SL. Produced from 1989-2001, it combined timeless elegance, luxury and effortless performance, with V12 engines available for the first time. The R129 was the last SL with a detachable hardtop and - for many Mercedes fans - the last to be built to the marque's legendary standards of construction. With that sophistication came new levels of equipment and unprecedented complexity. For would-be buyers today, there are more points than ever to watch out for. The cars' weight also puts strain on components such as the brakes and suspension. Choosing a good R129 demands care. This buyer's guide will help you do just that. Learn about the differences between models, and what to look for when buying. What are the true running costs, and what issues - with the mechanicals, body or interior - should you be wary of? Find the answers to these questions and information about the clubs and specialists who can help look after your R129 today.
Author: Brian Long
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
Release Date: 2011-10-15
This detailed and beautifully illustrated book covers the Mercedes-Benz W113 series, which ran from 1963 to 1971. Written by a highly regarded motoring writer, with many years' ownership of the Mercedes SL and SLC behind him, this is the definitive study of the subject. All models and major world markets are looked at, along with competition history. Extensive appendices cover engine specifications, chassis numbers, build numbers, and so on.
A warts and all introduction to owning, driving and maintaining a Mercedes-Benz 280-560SL or SLC, and a step-by-step guide to evaluating one for purchase. This book includes 100 photos of what to look for and what to avoid, plus a realistic assessment of running and restoration costs, as well as market values. This includes servicing and spare parts prices, and the relative values of the various models, specifications and vehicle conditions you are likely to encounter. Written by the editor of the Mercedes-Benz Club Gazette, it draws on the experiences of the late Roger Edwards, a former Mercedes-Benz apprentice who spent his life working on and enjoying these cars, along with input from Roger’s colleagues who continue to run his company. It also benefits from the author’s 30 years of owning and restoring old cars, and his contacts in the world of Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Written in an easy to follow, jargon-free style, this book will equip you with all you need to know to buy a Mercedes-Benz 280-560SL or SLC.
This full-color gallery spans more than a century of Mercedes-Benz and includes pre-merger Daimler and Benz cars; models K, S, and SSK, 500K, 540K; 220 and 300 series, including the fantastic 300SL; 230, 250, 280, 350, 450 and 500SLs; new model prototypes, model history and evolution, specs, technical notes and more. Winner of the 1996 Moto Award Silver Medallion.
Complete coverage of the classic 300SL through the 190SL to the 'Pagoda roof' SLs of the 1960s. Filled with valuable information on exactly what is 100% original and authentic for every model and year. Contains 200 specially commissioned color photos detailing bodywork, interior and mechanical details.
If you search for a car that can hold its own, when parked next to a Porsche 911 Cabrio, don't look any further. Because the SL R230 is regarded by many as the best looking SL that has left Stuttgart after the famous SL Gullwing. On top it is immense fun to drive, with powerful V8s and V12s to match the looks. Like the drive-train they are almost bullet-proof. Early cars suffered from quality problems that could spoil the fun factor somewhat. But all in all the R230 plays its GT role rather well, even with six-cylinder engines. And the AMG versions are true sports cars. This book with comprehensive buyer's guide can help you to find the right one, if the R230 interests you. It was already published as e-book in 2012 and has been completely revised in Nov.2015. The book explains the VIN and data card in great detail, discusses the SBC, ABC systems and looks at potential problems with the vario-roof. Superb photography and an enjoyable test-drive in the splendid SL65 AMG are other highlights. It ends with a detailed list of the cars' technical specifications and annual production history of each model. FREE BONUS: When you have bought this book, you are eligible for a free pdf file of any Mercedes model (such as W111or W198 or R107 for example) the author has covered in one of his books. Please contact the author through his website (inside the book) and stipulate, which free pdf file you want him to send to you.