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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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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really the only photography book worthy of the SL 17 Feb. 2013
By Ahmed Al-Okelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Really the only book you can find on this masterpiece of a car. This a coffee table book par none on the SL. The images are incredible, and the love of Rene's of the SL shines through and through. It is expensive but once you look at it you will realize the printing quality and design deserves every penny. It tracks the history of the car from inception till the SLS AMG, and each iteration is discussed in a one page, giving way to imagery. This is not a detailed account of the SL history but an overview with emphasis on photography of the car in different settings which range from dream like to magnificent and complicated studio setups.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Coffee table book 18 Aug. 2013
By David Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is not quite as represented. It covers many Mercedes models - great photos but no depth of info.
Had I realised the the poor quality of content, I would not have wasted my money.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Sept. 2014
By August Roth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great experience - def do biz here again
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful car, gorgeous book 17 Jun. 2012
By Honest Abe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive Work - Highly recommended 18 May 2012
By C. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This "Marcedes-Benz: 300SL Book" fantastically captures this iconic line of automobiles and features the best car photography I have ever seen. This is a very large "coffee table" style book that would be welcome in the home of anyone interested in the history of the SL line, and particularly for any one fortunate enough to own one of these beautiful autos.

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!

Highly Recommended!


Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, but that in no way influences my rating or comments.
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