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2108.  MERCEDES BENZ. A Collection of odd and intriguing facts about Mercedes-Benz Automobiles. - Produced by Mercedes-Benz Sales in South Bend, Indiana, this was showroom literature in 1961. Lots of little snippets of information, but more of a collectors item than a work of reference. Softcover item in good condition bar a couple of notes in pen inside and what look like dollar calculations on the back cover. - working out finance on a new Merc perhaps? 5.5 in x 8in pp.8 £5  
2103.  KARL KLING. Glossy 6"x4" photographic print with a portrait of Karl Kling in race overalls. Printed on the back it says " 63 533 Mercedes-Benz Rennfahrer Karl Kling"Original item in excellent clean condition with no creases etc. £18  
2086.  MERCEDES-BENZ COLLECTOR'S GUIDE.  Vol. 1: The 1940s and 1950s including 300SL, 190SL and Ponton models. James Taylor. MRP. Another in this excellent series, this has all the usual features: a detailed history of the models produced, lots of rare photographs, chassis numbers, production figures etc. etc. Competition cars and single seaters are also covered. Hardback without dustwrapper in excellent condition. 9in x 7.5in. pp.144 £30  

 

no.2045.   PURSUIT OF VICTORY.   Karl Kling.  1956 Autobiography of the Mercedes driver who joined Daimler-Benz in 1936 and stayed with them until their withdrawal from racing in 1955. English text.  Illustrated with ninety excellent photographs. Hardback with no dustwrapper but in very good condition (some foxing to text pages) .5.5in x 9in. pp.192   £32

 

1842.    MERCEDES-BENZ CAP. A genuine piece of M-B merchandise, and as luxurious as you'd expect.  Black fabric trimmed with silver-grey.  One size fits all (see detail of band adjuster.) Unused as-new condition. £12

 
1772.    MERCEDES-BENZ  QUICKSILVER CENTURY. Karl Ludvigsen. 1995.  Huge definitive history of  Mercedes in competition from 1895-1995. An astonishing level of detail, both technical and historical. Illustrated with period photos and design drawings throughout more than six hundred pages.  Ludvigsen is a noted authority and was granted unprecedented access to the previously secret M-B archives.  Hardback with dustwrapper in excellent virtually new condition. 8.5in x 11in. pp.617. £125  

1667.     RIVALS. LANCIA D50 & MERCEDES BENZ W196. Chris Nixon 1999. Superb publication on every possible aspect of the history of these two cars, described as "two of the most technically advanced Grand Prix cars ever seen" Fabulous mostly previously unseen period photos on almost every page accompany famously well-researched text. This Deluxe slipcased hardback edition with silver edged pages is numbered (54 of 75) and signed on the title page by the late Chris Nixon. Mint condition (slipcase is still in in the original plastic wrapper) 9in x 12in approx. pp.212 £165

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1425.    MERCEDES/ JUNGE DAS IST TEMPO. 1954 German-language book on "the fastest cars in the world and their drivers". Lots of Mercedes content with superb photos of the streamliners, F1 cars, Le Mans, the Carrera Panamericana, Record breaking (including John Cobb's Napier Railton) US concept cars etc. etc. superb B&W photos and German text (a couple of neat pencil notes in the margins but otherwise good and clean). Hardback 7in x 10in. pp.64   £55  
  1388.    MOTORACES. George Monkhouse. 1936 First edition of the original Newnes edition of this seminal motor racing photography book. The author was the UK Kodak representative with a passion for Grands Prix and photography and the publication of this book led directly to an invitation from Mercedes to accompany their team in subsequent seasons, leading to more wonderful photographs and the equally famous "Motor Racing With Mercedes-Benz" also listed here.  Hardback with silver-gilt lettering to spine and some rubbing to the corners. No dustwrapper. Some foxing to the pages. Dedicated to Richard Seaman who contributes an introduction.  Appendix of tables of Grand Prix, Voiturette and Sports Car race results 1934-1936.  Picture shows the title page. Each photograph has a paragraph's worth of highly detailed caption information.7in x 9.5 in approx.  Un paginated but approx pp.128    £85  
1364.    RUDOLF CARACCIOLA Postcard.  A nice period postcard of a studio shot ("Lazi" photographer's mark in bottom R corner) showing the driver in his racing suit with silk scarf and goggles. probably for publicity and/or fan mail. In excellent clean condition with no writing on the back.) one tiny crease in extreme bottom corner)  £35  
1363.    CORVETTE, FERRARI, MERCEDES, PORSCHE. Four For The Road. Henry Rasmussen. 1989.   Four books (the 'Survivors Series') combined in one volume. Originally published as 'Ferraris for the Road', 'Corvettes for the Road' etc.  This makes for an impressve tome. Lavish photography (as you'd expect from Rasmussen) of a huge variety of models but also historical background and terrific archive pictures of production, racing, period publicity shots etc. Worthwhile as a marque book for any one of the four covered with the others as a bonus - superb. over 950 photographs, 500 in colour. 11in x 9 in c600page hardback in excellent condition with similar dustwapper in protective sleeve.   £35  

1264.   THE THREE-POINTED STAR. The Story of Mercedes Benz. David Scott Montcrieff.  Eexcellent book which has become one of the standard works on Mercedes Benz. Hardback in good condition with similar dustwrapper Illustrated.

1264c.    1979 revised edition Expanded and updated edition. Good condition (dustwrapper is good but has a couple of minor marks/tears 5.5in x 8.5in  pp.435  £28


 
1253.    CARACCIOLA / MERCEDES Munchner Illustrierte Presse 23April 1936.  Original German language/ gothic script newspaper containing a3-page feature article on the Monaco Grand Prix, plus a great cover photo of Rudolf Caracciola. Lots of action pictures of the race with crashed/retired cars at the chicane (it rained heavily).  Other articles include celebrations for the Fuehrer's birthday, with some rather chilling pictures of a tank procession, youth parade with flaming torches etc. Terrific historical interest. Newsprint in excellent condition (hardly even yellowed)  single horizontal fold.11in x 15in pp.36  £160  
1243.    MERCEDES PIONEER OF AN INDUSTRY. Alexander E. Ullmann 1948. Good history of the early days of  Daimler and Mercedes. Illustrated with photos, line drawings and period advertisements. Lots of racing content especially pre WW1. Softback 8.5in x 11in. pp.48  £15  
1236.    GLANZVOLLE ALTE AUTOZEIT. Beautiful book on early cars  with great glossy Julius Weitmann photographs on virtually every other page. Daimler, Mercedes, Maybach etc. feature heavily but all the thoroughbreds such as Bugatti, Rolls Royce and Hispano Suiza are here. Some unusual things too, such as the Rumpler Tropfenwagen of 1921 which looks like an airship gondola on wheels. German text. Hardback with dustwrapper in excellent condition (faded spine but otherwise perfect) large format 9in x 11in pp.169  £20  

1097.    MY FATHER MR. MERCEDES. Guy Jellinek Mercedes. 1966.   Emil Jellinek was the sole agent for Daimler outside Germany. He gave his daughter's name; Mercedes to the cars he sold and later changed his own surname to match. This illustrated biography is therefore also an account of the earliest days of motoring and of one of the oldest car companies of all.  Hardback in very good condition. Tape reinforcement to top and bottom of dustwrapper. 6in x 9in pp.319   £25

935.    KAMPF MIT 500PS.  Manfred von Brauchitsch.  1940 autobiography of the Mercedes works driver.  Gothic German text.  Berlin published.  Frontis photo with facsimile signature.  Illustrated with cartoon-type art. Dustwrapper has photograph of Brauchitsch sitting on Mercedes front bumper. 7.5 x 5in.  pp.158    £130
641.    MERCEDES BENZ 1939.  15.2.39.  Factory published technical specifications of all production models including the Typ 500, the supercharged 540K and the 7.7-litre Grosser.  Two-side single-sheet item.  German text.  12 x 8.5in.  £30
640.    MERCEDES-BENZ 1939.  17.2.39.  Sammelpreisliste.  4-side, single fold booklet.  Price details of all versions of all models including the Typ 500, the 540 Kompressor and the 7.7-litre Grosser Mercedes.  6 x 4in.  £30  
595.    MERCEDES-BENZ/ Goering's Bullet-Proof Car.  Descriptive folder with car illustrated on cover.  'Captured by the British Army and Exhibited for the Soldiers', Sailors' and Airmens' Families Association.'  8.5 x 5.5 in.  pp.4  £45
560.    MERCEDES 300SL / 1955 SPANISH GP.  Mercedes archive b&w photograph of the start  with two 300SLs leading from a pair of  Jaguar XK coupes.  Captioned on back.  8.5 x 5.5 in.  £40
544.    MERCEDES / KLING.  B&w photograph of Karl Kling in factory 300SL cockpit with laurel wreath after winning the 1955 Swedish Grand Prix.  SIGNED BY KARL KLING.  9.5x 7in.  £110
542.    MERCEDES 300SL / ROB WALKER.  Christmas card with Brockbank cartoon of Rob Walker in speeding 300SL. SIGNED:  ROB WALKER.  Mike Hawthorn crashed fatally just after passing Walker in his 300SL on the Guildford Bypass in 1959.  9 x 4in. £65

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