MERCEDES-BENZ: The Fifties, Volume 1
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Excerpts from the book:
Mercedes 300 SL
In order to understand the success of the Gullwing Mercedes, we have to go back in history a little bit, cross the pond and take a closer look at the situation in the US in the mid 1940s.These are some of the topics covered in the book:
After WWII European automobile manufacturers, especially the British, were eager to establish a foothold on the large US market. American GIís had seen and fallen in love with cars such as the famous MG TA and TB, while serving during the war in Great Britain. Now they wanted to drive them back home. And the British, supported by subsidies from their government, were only too willing to help>>>
<<<At Daimler-Benz the race was now on for head of testing department Karl Wilfert and a team in his department around chief stylist Friedrich Geiger to develop a civilian version of the W194>>>
development and history
of the 300SL coupe and roadster versionchassis number and data card are explained in great detail
* the book talks about two men, who have used the Gullwing in the 1950s as daily driver. One even covered over 400k km in it, all on one engine.
some 110 mostly recent non-Daimler AG color photos
highlight many interesting features, this includes pictures of the suspension.If you want to read in much more detail about the Gullwing Mercedes and how some of its famous owners have used it, then please go either here or here for the printed book or here for the e-book. The printed version covers next to the Mercedes 300 SL also the 190 SL and the four- and six-cylinder ponton models. It also talks about the men, who made all these cars possible such as Nallinger, Uhlenhaut, Wilfert and Hoffman. The e-book covers the Mercedes 300 SL Coupe and Roadster. If you do not live in the US, please select it from your respective country website of Amazon.
A separate chapter covers the technical features and production figures. Enjoy!
The following videos are copied from youtube for your viewing pleasure. Some of them contain cars filmed by commercial vendors. I am not associated with them
MERCEDES 300 SL Gullwing
300 SL Mercedes Gullwing W198 I (1954 - 1957)
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