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Mercedes-Benz SL – R129-series 1989 to 2001



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Mercedes-Benz SL – W113-series 1963-1971

Mercedes-Benz SL – R129-series 1989 to 2001

By Brian Long
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Hardback • 25x25cm • 208 pages • 350 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845844-48-6


£ 40.00 + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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Features

• Stunning contemporary photography, mostly in colour
• Year-by-year coverage of all the road cars
• Detailed vehicle profiles for authenticity
• Contemporary press opinion putting the car’s impact into perspective
• World markets reviewed to give true picture of cars available
• Full co-operation from the factory
• Written by a long-term SL/SLC owner and enthusiast
• Stand-alone title, or compliments other Long/Veloce SL books
• Brian Long is a leading motoring historian
• Detailed appendices

Description

This detailed and beautifully illustrated book covers the Mercedes-Benz 129-series, which ran from 1989 to 2001. Written by a respected motoring writer, with many years’ ownership of the Mercedes SL models behind him, this will no-doubt prove to be the definitive study of the subject. All major markets are looked at, giving a true picture of what was available, where and when. Extensive appendices cover engine specifications, chassis numbers, build numbers, and much more.

Synopsis

It’s hard to believe, but the W129-series Mercedes-Benz SL was launched over 20 years ago. However, its timeless styling has kept it fresh and attractive in the eyes of a new generation of enthusiasts, as well as those returning to the car having owned one when they were still in the dealerships. A combination of superb original design and peerless engineering and build quality adds to the desirability of this series of classic German machines, and has ensured that many of these cars can still be seen in regular use today.
Covering the SL’s ever-changing specification, and its presence in many of the world’s major markets is a huge task, but it’s all presented here in definitive detail, along with stunning contemporary photography, in a volume that will readily grace any reference library shelf or connoisseur’s coffee table.
Two earlier books, also published by Veloce, and covering the W113 cars and the 107-series SL and SLC, act as perfect companions to this title, which takes the SL story up to 1989.

Independent Reviews

This impressive hardback book has 208 pages crammed with striking imagery that will make you yearn to own one even if you don’t and be required reading if you are lucky enough to own one already. ... As well as details on the convoluted gestation of this important model you’ll find plenty of statistics, specifications, production figures and colour schemes and all of this data helpfully sorted according to the market in which the model was sold ... Enjoy
Big End

Although it's written in a casual style, this hardback is highly informative.
Auto Express.

Covering the SL's ever-changing specification, and its presence in many of the world's major markets is a huge task, but it's all presented here in definitive detail, along with stunning contemporary photography, in a volume that will readily grace any reference library shelf or connoisseur's coffee table.
Classic Performance & Retro.

One thing I particularly like about Long's books is that he looks at how these models were marketed and how well they succeeded in the UK, USA, Japan and Australia as well as Europe. He draws on magazine reports and road tests from all those countries to illustrate his point ... if you are a Mercedes-Benz fan, and particularly if you own or are restoring an R 129 or are in the market for one, then this will tell you as much as you could ever want to know, including when the shape of the mirrors or bumpers changed and which metallic greens were used in which model year!
New Zealand Classic Car

A combination of superb original design, peerless engineering and bui ld quality adds to the desirability of this series and has ensured that many of these cars are still in regular use today. Presented here in definitive detail along with stunning contemporary photography in a volume that will readily grace any reference library shelf or connoisseur's coffee table.
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Additional Information

Covers 300SL, 300SL-24, 500SL, 600SL, SL280, SL320, SL500, SL600, SL 55 AMG, SL 60 AMG, SL 73 AMG, 1981 to 2001.

   

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