This iconic sports car, from the first Mercedes 300 SL to its latest successors, proves that technology can indeed evolve into art. And who better to showcase this procession of pioneering automobiles than Rene Staud, whose striking photographs will captivate any enthusiast. This book, based on Stauds successful calendars, is an ode to an extraordinary vehicle whose spell stars such as Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Alfred Hitchcock have all fallen under. The elaborately orchestrated pictures show sleek curves and precision in every detail, conveying the passion for this breathtaking automobile. A photographic tribute to the "sports car of the century", covering the 70-year history of the 300 SL racing car models from 1952 to the latest SL generation.
Rene Staud, the books photographer, is among the most sought-after automotive photographers and is widely regarded as one of the most innovative in the industry. His invention of the Magicflash lighting system was not only a source of impetus for his art, it influenced studio photography in general. Seven volumes of his work have now been published by teNeues. With more than 80,000 copies sold, they are now classics in automotive literature. Author Jurgen Lewandowski was editor of the Automobile and Transportation section of the newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung for more than 20 years. He has written roughly 100 books on automobiles, including teNeues bestsellers The Ferrari Book Passion for Design and The Porsche 911 Book.