Once upon a time, Janis Joplin sang “oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz”
, ranking it up there with a colour television and a “night on the town” as things that she absolutely needed in her life. In 1995, Mercedes embraced the song and added it to their television commercials.
But of course, Mercedes’ legacy began long before Janis Joplin was even born. Mercedes-Benz’s history stretches far back in to the past, until its name becomes synonymous with the invention of the automobile itself. Founding father Karl Benz received the patent number for his “Patent Motor Car” in 1886, which his wife boldly drove two years later, thereby launching Mercedes’ birth in to the world and on to the stock exchange.
From thereon in, Mercedes’ cars transformed according to common trends and key players in the company’s history at the time. These changes – from the rickety three-wheel Benz Patent Motor Wagon to the 2012 A-Class – have been wonderfully photographed and documented within a coffee table book to end all coffee table books.
The hefty Mercedes
tome covers everything anyone could possibly want to know about Mercedes, from its history to its long procession of cars produced over the years. Each entry is lavishly illustrated by renowned Formula One photographer Rainer W. Schlegelmilch, so that you can flick through the pages and watch motoring history unfolding…
Mercedes Gift Edition features:
- Hardcover, 407 pages.
- Written in English, German and French.
- The history of the company and people behind its success, as documented by Hartmut Lehbrink and Jochen von Osterroth.
- Covers the long line of cars produced by Mercedes, with each car gorgeously photographed by renowned Formula One photographer Rainer W. Schlegelmilch.
- Special gift edition, presented in a Mercedes slip case.
Dimensions: 25 x 29cm.