As time goes by, older SLs have tended to fall into the hands of collectors, often becoming too valuable or rare to use on a daily basis. The R230-series, however, launched just over a decade ago, allows the enthusiast to enjoy a genuine modern classic - a car that, thanks to its bloodlines, is guaranteed a place in automotive history.
With very few books written covering the newer SL models, this book - the fourth volume in a series by Brian Long and Veloce Publishing covering all Mercedes SL models - brings the complete story of the R230 to life.
An invaluable resource, it is not only the ideal reference work - both for fans of the Stuttgart marque, and for those looking for originality in their own car - but, with its stunning photography, and contemporary material gathered from all over the world, also makes a true connoisseur's coffee table book.
Born in Coventry, the heart of the British motor industry, Brian Long comes from a family with a proud heritage in the automotive and aviation fields. He trained as a mechanical engineer, and worked for a time at his father's garage. Brian became heavily involved in the classic car scene at 19, and says he turned to writing by accident. He has a long association with several major car manufacturers, is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians, and a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers. He now writes full-time and, since 1990, when his first book was released, he has had more than 80 titles published. Brian currently lives with his family in Chiba, in Japan, where they enjoy life with their Dobermann and Thoroughbred racehorse.