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Old 06-18-2006, 03:23 PM
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Looking for Books

Hello,

Can some folks recommend some books on Mercedes Benz cars from the '60's up through the '80's. What I'm after is some general reading about different models, engines, product development, and most important...pictures. What about periodicals?

Here's were I'm going....I don't ever plan on buying a new or late model car again. Ever! I'm tired of cookie cutter designs, depreciation and you just can't work on them anymore. My wife and I already have a nice '86 300SL, and right now I'm tinkering with an '82 SEC. Sometime I will need to replace the wifes car, and she is perfectly OK with a older model Benz. Her only stipulation is that it have: P/S, P/B, A/C, automatic and a good stereo. Of course it has to look nice too. I'm partial to 4 doors and she to 2 doors.

Certainly not going to pick a model because it looks good in a color photo. Naturally, books are only an appetite whetter. But they will, for the time being, give her and I an idea what we may or may not be interested in should something become available.

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Cliff
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Old 06-19-2006, 07:02 PM
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A few answers.

http://www.toadhallbook.com/

books4cars.com
http://books4cars.com/result3.htm?finddesc=123&Submit=Go

http://www.alldata.com

http://www.bentleypublishers.com/
Mercedes-Benz Technical Companion -- relevant articles
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/diesel-discussion/145794-mercedes-benz-technical-companion-relevant-articles.html#post1098169

http://www.haynes.com/

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Old 06-20-2006, 04:07 PM
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Hello,

Can some folks recommend some books on Mercedes Benz cars from the '60's up through the '80's. What I'm after is some general reading about different models, engines, product development, and most important...pictures. What about periodicals?

Here's were I'm going....I don't ever plan on buying a new or late model car again. Ever! I'm tired of cookie cutter designs, depreciation and you just can't work on them anymore. My wife and I already have a nice '86 300SL, and right now I'm tinkering with an '82 SEC. Sometime I will need to replace the wifes car, and she is perfectly OK with a older model Benz. Her only stipulation is that it have: P/S, P/B, A/C, automatic and a good stereo. Of course it has to look nice too. I'm partial to 4 doors and she to 2 doors.

Certainly not going to pick a model because it looks good in a color photo. Naturally, books are only an appetite whetter. But they will, for the time being, give her and I an idea what we may or may not be interested in should something become available.

Thanks,
Cliff
Cliff, where are you located?

In So.Calif (Burbank) there is an excellent auto book store (they also sell airplane books). Jay Leno often visits the store.

It has a nice collection of new and used car books.

If you are "here" it would be a nice place to visit.

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Old 06-20-2006, 05:04 PM
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Cliff, where are you located?

In So.Calif (Burbank) there is an excellent auto book store (they also sell airplane books). Jay Leno often visits the store.

It has a nice collection of new and used car books.

If you are "here" it would be a nice place to visit.

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Sounds nice, but unfortunately I'm located in the Mid-west, close to St. Louis.

Just looked at your gallery and while I've never owned one, the particality of a wagon (regardless of make) is hard to dismiss. Always been smitten with the Volvos' of late '90's.

Cliff
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Old 06-20-2006, 05:05 PM
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Thanks WHUNTER,

A few places I was unaware of.

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Old 06-20-2006, 05:42 PM
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Sounds nice, but unfortunately I'm located in the Mid-west, close to St. Louis.

Just looked at your gallery and while I've never owned one, the particality of a wagon (regardless of make) is hard to dismiss. Always been smitten with the Volvos' of late '90's.

Cliff

Cliff, thanks. I do love wagons. If I could only get my hands on an AMG Uber W211 wagon....

My son (who will soon "inherit" the 300TE) and I keep talking about dropping a V8 in the 300TE. Ah, to be young and have dreams.

I agree with you on the newer Benzes. You're lucky your wife shares your passion for newer cars...mine is not to keen on old cars.

Well, if you are ever in Burbank, California, here is the link to their website.

http://autobooks-aerobooks.com/

The other day I read an article about how St. Louis is fast becoming the place to be in the Midwest. I am glad, because I always thought St. Louis was a great city.

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Old 08-17-2006, 11:15 PM
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I just started reading Mercedes Benz: Silver Star Century by Dennis Adler. It's pretty good so far. The photographs are very nice. Anybody else read it?
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