It seems only fitting that a book chronicling the history of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL would be so beautifully designed and rendered. (Then again, one suspects that in publisher TeNeues' hands, even a volume on the Chevy Nova would come off in spectacular fashion.)
In concise, descriptive words by Jürgen Lewandowski and glorious photographs by René Staud, the book tells the history of the car perhaps best known for its singular design feature, the "gull wing." Dubbed the "sports car of the century," it's also, in introduction writer Paolo Tumminelli's words, a "dream car." Staud's playful and imaginative photos follow that theme, depicting the 300 SL from every angle, in whole, in part, in every conceivable quality of light, in showrooms, sparse studios, and in lush and fanciful renderings of rain, fire, sky, cityscape, and wilderness. (Think a high-design Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue with one gorgeous model and a myriad of aesthetic interpretations.)
The book traces the icon's history from the first rendering of the "gull wing" (in the W 194 race car) to the iconic Roadster, while making room along the way for the 300 SL's many siblings. The story rounds out in the present day with the SL McClaren, SLR Stirling Moss, SLK, R 231, and the return to the car's gull wing ancestry with the SLS AMG.
A great book for 300 SL owners, enthusiasts, aspirants, or anyone who appreciates a skillful melding of artistry and technical know-how.