A car can undoubtedly be the object of one’s desire. When it comes to the Mercedes Benz 300 SL though, we can definitely call it the crown stone of every car-fetishist. René Staud and teNeues present now a unique photographic homage to this magnificently elegant vehicle, the sportscar of the century.

Those who adore it, know everything about it. For instance, that back in 1952, the original 300SL scored overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in Bern-Bremgarten, in the sportscar race of the Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring, and in Mexico’s Carrera Panamericana. It also managed second and fourth places at its first outing, the Mille Miglia.

Yes, they do. They would also tell you, that it was best known for both its distinctive gull wing doors and being the first-ever four-stroke car equipped with a gasoline direct injection. And that it was the fastest production car of its day. And that the famous “SL” stood for “Sport Leicht” (“Sports Light”). And number 300 referred to the engine’s three litre cylinder displacement. Until 1963, when production of the roadster ended with the introduction of the 230SL.

And yes, Grace Kelly drove one and so did Frank Sinatra. And Alfred Hitchcock.

Anyway, such a famous and strong material needs an expert to capture all it’s beauty and power. And who better for this dirty job than the best? The photographer René Staud, known for his Mercedes–Benz SL calendars and his atmospheric images that enrapture the hearts and imaginations of car connoisseurs everywhere, creates now a unique coffee table book, dedicated to the sports car of the century.

Sixty years of model history, from the 1952 300 SL racers to the latest-generation SL are included in ” The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Book, Photographs by René Staud “. Each of the over 200 photographs shows the sculpted curves and precise details of the car, all while capturing the thrills of this ultimate ride (I am wondering whether this would actually ever be possible, but his pictures make it actually easy).

 

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Book

Texts by Jürgen Lewandowski, Foreword by Paolo Tumminelli

Edited by René Staud

200 color photographs

Text in English, German, French, Russian, and Chinese

 

Credits: © The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Book, Photographs by René Staud, published by teNeues, € 98, – www.teneues.com. Photo © 2012 René Staud. All rights reserved.