It's hard to believe, but the 113-series Mercedes-Benz SL was launched almost 50 years ago. However, its timeless styling has kept it fresh and attractive in the eyes of new generations of enthusiasts, as well as those going back to this classic German machine, having owned one when they were still current. But the W113 isn't just a visual treat: its combination of superb original design, peerless engineering and build quality has ensured that many of these cars can still be seen in regular use today, with reliability and practicality adding to the desirability of the series. Covering the SL's ever-changing specification, its competition record, 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 conisseur's coffee table.
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 Porsche 911 owner, he has had strong links with the Porsche company for over a decade. 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 the Porsche marque.