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Born in Coventry, once the heart of the British motor industry, Brian Long is a professional writer with a passion for vintage and sporting machinery. A trained mechanical engineer and a long-term owner of both an SL and SLC, he has had a strong connection with Daimler-Benz products for over two decades. Married to Miho and with two children (Louis and Sophie-Mercedes), Brian now lives just outside Tokyo. He has over 50 books published, including many works on German marques.
'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 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