MERCEDES-BENZ: The Fifties, Volume 1
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Excerpt from the book:
Mercedes 220 SE Coupe
The date of the introduction of the W111 Mercedes 220 SE Coupe was carefully chosen. It was not as usual an international automobile show, this time it was the opening of the Daimler-Benz Museum in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim on Feb. 24th, 1961 and the celebration of the company's 75th anniversary.
First sketches of the new Mercedes Coupe's shape appeared as early as 1957, when the design was closely following the fintail sedan's styling. This was somewhat logical, as the car was to share the chassis and wheelbase with the W111 sedan. Daimler-Benz needed to get away from the expensive production of small volume cars such as the 300 S and the 220 ponton coupes and cabriolets, which shared far less with their sedan counterparts. They also wanted the interior of the new cars to be larger, so that four to five passengers could be accommodated>>>
<<<The interior of the Mercedes 220 SE Coupe was a feast for the eyes (and the nose). Not only the seats were covered with top quality Roser leather, also the door trim was leather, the dashboard and even the inside of the glove compartment and the rear shelf used the same material. The dashboard and the instrument housing were covered with wood. Even the loudspeaker cover was made out of wood. Like in the ponton coupe models one could choose between walnut, macassar-ebony or burl walnut veneer. Unlike the W111 fintail sedan, instruments were now arranged as in the 300SL roadster>>>
What does the book offer:
Last updated in Dec. 2016 this book is the only one that deals exclusively with the W111/W112 two-door versions. These are some of the topics covered:
* the development and history of the six-cylinder and V8 series, all upgrades included
* a comprehensive buyer's guide shows you, what to look out for in a W111C, W112C
* chassis number and data card are explained in great detail
* over 180 mostly recent non-Daimler AG color photos highlight many interesting and unique features, this includes pictures of the suspension and
* the book discusses the price development of all models up to November 2016
It finishes with full technical details and the annual production history of each model. One chapter is devoted to Rudolf Uhlenhaut, who was synonymous with fast and prestigious Mercedes cars. Enjoy!
If you want to read more, please go here for both hardcopy and electronic formats. If you do not live in the US, please select it from your respective country website of Amazon.
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