- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: teNeues Verlag GmbH + Co KG; Mul edition (1 May 2012)
- Language: German, English, French
- ISBN-10: 3832796428
- ISBN-13: 978-3832796426
- Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 3.8 x 37.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mercedes-Benz 300Sl Book (German) Hardcover – 1 May 2012
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About the Author
Photographer Rene Staud made a breakthrough with the development of his Magicflash lighting technology; this type of surface lighting helps him greatly in his ad photos for top-shelf automakers. Staud and his team continue to develop new ways to meet the highest demands of the industry in both creativity and service. He has amassed 35 years of experience in ad photography; and has literally built the image of many companies with his photos.
Paolo Tumminelli is a professor of design concept at the K ln International School of Design. He is a jury member of the Renault Traffic Design Awards and the Red Dot Design Award.
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Had I realised the the poor quality of content, I would not have wasted my money.
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.
The descriptive text on all of the models is fairly brief, covering the model year design innovations, any interesting historical information (mostly centering on racing data), and production statistics. The accompanying photos by René Staud, on the other hand, are simply outstanding, ranging from fairly austere to incredibly artistic. My favorite is of the Limited Edition 2009 SLR Stirling Moss (only 75 were produced), taken alongside the classic 1955 300 SL, designated "722", to which it pays homage.
I also liked the inclusions of an Index with all of the "thumbnail" sized images and a "Specifications" section that includes a photo of each auto, the year(s) of manufacture, number built, model number, and engine data.
A truly wonderful book for an outstanding line of automobiles!
Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, but that in no way influences my rating or comments.