Daimler & Benz: The Complete History

The Birth and Evolution of the Mercedes-Benz
Author: Dennis Adler
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: 0060890266
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 288
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From the earliest workshop days to the grandest marque in the automotive world, the story of one of the most important enterprises of the twentieth century comes alive in this complete history. The rich history of Daimler-Benz (now DaimlerChrysler) has its roots in the early experimentation with the use of the internal combustion engine by three men: Carl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler, and William Maybach. Benz, working alone, and Daimler and Maybach, working together, the two shops separated by a mere sixty miles, in the late 1880s simultaneously laid the foundation of what would become the German automotive industry. At first there was competition between Benz & Cie. and Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft, as they engineered and styled the earliest motorwagens and began to develop markets for their products. These early efforts led to the establishment of an entire industry by the start of World War I. But the war and its aftermath devastated these two companies, as it did the German economy overall. By the early 1920s it became apparent that the only way to survival was a merger, and thus, on June 29, 1926, the stockholders of both companies gave approval to the new company, Daimler-Benz, which led directly to the birth of one of the world's best-known brands: Mercedes-Benz. In the hands of noted automotive photographer, author, and editor Dennis Adler, the history of the marque and the company unfolds through the decades, as Mercedes-Benz advances in fame, from the racing glory years to the present, becoming the standard that all automakers strive to meet. With archival (many never before published) and the author's own photographs, the beauty and power of the automobile comes alive, from the earliest models to the first crop of twenty-first-century Mercedes-Benzes. It is a story of excellence that is in many ways unmatched in the history of any industry. Today, as a global leader in design, safety, and overall excellence, Mercedes-Benz continues to lead the way.

Daimler & Benz: The Complete History

The Birth and Evolution of the Mercedes-Benz
Author: Dennis Adler
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060890266
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 288
View: 596

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From the earliest workshop days to the grandest marque in the automotive world, the story of one of the most important enterprises of the twentieth century comes alive in this complete history. The rich history of Daimler-Benz (now DaimlerChrysler) has its roots in the early experimentation with the use of the internal combustion engine by three men: Carl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler, and William Maybach. Benz, working alone, and Daimler and Maybach, working together, the two shops separated by a mere sixty miles, in the late 1880s simultaneously laid the foundation of what would become the German automotive industry. At first there was competition between Benz & Cie. and Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft, as they engineered and styled the earliest motorwagens and began to develop markets for their products. These early efforts led to the establishment of an entire industry by the start of World War I. But the war and its aftermath devastated these two companies, as it did the German economy overall. By the early 1920s it became apparent that the only way to survival was a merger, and thus, on June 29, 1926, the stockholders of both companies gave approval to the new company, Daimler-Benz, which led directly to the birth of one of the world's best-known brands: Mercedes-Benz. In the hands of noted automotive photographer, author, and editor Dennis Adler, the history of the marque and the company unfolds through the decades, as Mercedes-Benz advances in fame, from the racing glory years to the present, becoming the standard that all automakers strive to meet. With archival (many never before published) and the author's own photographs, the beauty and power of the automobile comes alive, from the earliest models to the first crop of twenty-first-century Mercedes-Benzes. It is a story of excellence that is in many ways unmatched in the history of any industry. Today, as a global leader in design, safety, and overall excellence, Mercedes-Benz continues to lead the way.

Mercedes-Benz

110 Years of Excellence
Author: Dennis Adler
Publisher: Motorbooks
ISBN: 9780760300466
Category: Transportation
Page: 96
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This full-color gallery spans more than a century of Mercedes-Benz and includes pre-merger Daimler and Benz cars; models K, S, and SSK, 500K, 540K; 220 and 300 series, including the fantastic 300SL; 230, 250, 280, 350, 450 and 500SLs; new model prototypes, model history and evolution, specs, technical notes and more. Winner of the 1996 Moto Award Silver Medallion.

Enduring Passion

The Story of the Mercedes-Benz Brand
Author: Leslie Butterfield
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9780470018026
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 272
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The three-pointed star. Magic. Mystique. Mercedes-Benz. With its legendary performance and quality, Mercedes-Benz is one of the most recognizable brands in existence. The first book to examine Mercedes-Benz as a brand phenomenon, Enduring Passion provides a fascinating look at how the brand developed and the myths and realities surrounding it as it faced the global convulsions of war, mergers, and economic uncertainty. Handsomely produced in a large format and richly illustrated with previously unpublished photographs, Enduring Passion is the life story of the Mercedes-Benz brand and how its iconic symbol became a synonym for power and elegance.

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen


Author: Brian Long
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1845847776
Category: Transportation
Page: 208
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Revealing the definitive history of the entire Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen series. Including SWB and LWB cars, station wagons, vans and convertibles, and with an overview of all the models sold in each of the world's major markets, this book is packed full of information and contemporary illustrations sourced directly from the Stuttgart factory.

Karl Benz and the Single Cylinder Engine


Author: John Bankston
Publisher: Mitchell Lane Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9781584152446
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
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Traces the life and accomplishments of Karl Benz, including his contributions to the automobile industry.

Mercedes-Benz W124

The Complete Story
Author: James Taylor
Publisher: Crowood
ISBN: 1847979548
Category: Transportation
Page: 176
View: 1978

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Designed by Mercedes's head of design Bruno Sacco, the W124 range immediately became the benchmark by which medium-sized car models were judged in the late 1980s due to its engineering excellence and high build quality. There was a model to suit every would-be-buyer, from the taxi driver through the family motorist and on to those who were willing and able to pay for luxury and performance. This book covers: design, development and manufacture of all models of W124 including estates, cabriolets and the stylish coupe range; engines and performance; special editions and AMG models and, finally, buying and owning a W124 today. Superbly illustrated with 264 colour photographs.

Buying and Maintaining a 126 S-Class Mercedes


Author: Nik Greene
Publisher: The Crowood Press
ISBN: 1785002457
Category: Transportation
Page: 300
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The Mercedes 126 S-Class of 1979-91 remains the most successful premium class saloon in the company's history and is considered by many to be one of the best cars in the world. More than quarter of a century after the last one left the factory, close to a quarter of all 126s remain registered throughout the world. This book will enable you to avoid the most common pitfalls and faults that otherwise can ruin the ownership of a 'Sonderklasse'. Packed with the sort of advice only normally obtainable from years of experience, it will act as your own personal marque expert. Specifications and valuations are included along with a detailed guide to buying the best car at the right price, and finally, how to keep your 126 fresh and reliable. This practical and instructional manual will be a valuable addition to the bookshelf of anyone owning, or aspiring to own, a 126, and is fully illustrated with 250 colour photographs.

Driven to Delight: Delivering World-Class Customer Experience the Mercedes-Benz Way


Author: Joseph Michelli
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 007181227X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 288
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A Wall Street Journal bestseller Why are Mercedes-Benz customers so loyal and passionate? Because the people at Mercedes-Benz are Driven to Delight In his previous bestsellers--The Starbucks Experience, The New Gold Standard, and Prescription for Excellence--Joseph Michelli revealed customer experience practices and strategies of beloved businesses. Now, in this timely new book, he shares the greatest customer-driven insights behind one of the most iconic brand names in the world: Mercedes-Benz USA. DRIVEN TO DELIGHT reveals: How Mercedes-Benz USA launched a multi-year program to elevate their customer experience--even though their product was already “best in class.” How they activated people, improved processes, and deployed technology to emotionally engage customers. How the Mercedes-Benz approach can jump-start any customer-driven business—by accelerating your commitment to the customer experience. Filled with exclusive front-seat insights from Mercedes-Benz employees, eye-opening testimonials from passionate Mercedes-Benz fans, and solid nuts-and-bolts advice for creating your own consumer-aligned road map, Driven to Delight will help you retool your strategies, reignite your customers, and refuel your team for the long haul. Mercedes-Benz. The name alone conjures images of luxury, innovation, quality, and performance. But in today’s market, you need more than a world-class product to outpace the competition--which is why the executives at Mercedes-Benz USA set a course to create a customer experience in keeping with their legendary cars. This is the story of how an organization became Driven to Delight. It reveals the action plan Mercedes-Benz USA used to catapult the company to first place rankings in national customer satisfaction studies while at the same time growing sales and profits. With unprecedented access to company personnel, customer experience expert Joseph Michelli charts the journey the company took and identifies the all-important keys to driving delight in any customer-based organization. You’ll learn how to: Create a compelling vision for exceptional customer experiences Identify the ever changing wants, needs, and desires of your customer segments Map out your key customer journeys and high value contact points Effectively evaluate customer perceptions throughout their journey with you Resolve customer needs swiftly and constantly improve your delivery processes Link rewards and recognition to customer experience excellence throughout your organization These proven techniques are part of the Mercedes-Benz USA “Driven to Delight” culture which sets a new gold standard in customer service, employee engagement, and peak performance. You’ll find step-by-step strategies that can be customized to fit your business model and customer needs. You’ll discover invaluable tools like Vision Mapping, Customer Journey Wheels, Customer-Centric Strategy and Resource Planning Processes --plus 20 Key Questions you can use to diagnose your progress and steer your company in the right direction. Along the way, you’ll get a rare first-hand comprehensive view of a world-class company in action. You’ll see how a “best or nothing” organization became customer obsessed, mile after mile, year after year. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to ramp up your own customer experience, rev up your customer commitment, and take your customers on a journey that’s bound to delight--the Mercedes-Benz way. Joseph A. Michelli is an internationally sought-after speaker, author, and organizational consultant. His books include The Starbucks Experience, The New Gold Standard, The Zappos Experience, Leading the Starbucks Way, and Prescription for Excellence, which hit #1 on The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists.

Mercedes-Benz Supercars

From 1901 to Today
Author: Thomas Wirth
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780764340901
Category: Transportation
Page: 173
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That dream car of all dream cars, the Mercedes-Benz, is presented here in full glory through 285 images. What were the qualities that made them icons of all auto building? Beginning in the pioneer days with the 35 HP model of 1901 through the top-rank sports cars of the 1920s and 1930s, the gullwing-door 300 SL and the legendary "Uhlenhaut Coupe" of the 1950s, and the C 111, with its Wankel engine, of the late 1960s, the line goes on to the present-day SLS AMG. While history influenced changes in construction and design, they blend smoothly into a series yet retain distinctive variations. An exciting spectrum of 18 super sports cars is featured with text that is both entertaining and informative. For the sports car enthusiast and automotive history buff, this is a book you will refer to time and time again.

Mercedes-benz, the 1960s, W108 and W109 6-cylinder

From the 250s to the 300sel 2.8
Author: Bernd S. Koehling
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781542904865
Category:
Page: 172
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The W108 and W109 models did away with the unibody and have until today lost nothing from their timeless elegance. This book tells their complete story. It covers each model's development and history and it comes with a comprehensive Buyer's Guide takes a detailed look at the Chassis Number and Data Card discusses the price development of all models up to December 2016 offers superb recent non-Daimler AG photography, this includes pictures of the suspension A technical section covers paint and interior options, production history plus engine and performance data of each model. One chapter is devoted to Karl Wilfert, who was as head of design behind most of the wonderful Mercedes cars of the 1950s and 1960s. Very few still remember him.

Mercedes-Benz 'Fintail' Models

The W110, W111 and W112 Series
Author: Brian Long
Publisher: Crowood
ISBN: 1847976042
Category: Transportation
Page: 192
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Mercedes-Benz 'Fintail' Models charts the development of the W110, W111 and W112 'Fintail' (or 'Heckflosse') series, the line that helped revive the Mercedes-Benz brand in the post-war years. With a unique combination of exceptional engineering and a timeless beauty, even the most basic of these vehicles has a charm that is difficult to find in the majority of cars today. After outlining the company's history, the book looks at the development of the first of the 'Fintail' models - the W111- and its launch at the 1959 Frankfurt Show. It also looks at the closely related 1.9 litre W110 and 3.0 litre W112 models, with the vehicles sold in the German, US and UK markets covered in detail. Relating the complete story of the Mercedes-Benz 'Fintail' models from the 1950s to 1970s, it provides an ideal resource for research before restoration, or for detailing existing show cars. Gives background to development, a full production history and comprehensive specification details for all models. Superbly illustrated with 357 colour photographs including period and advertising images sourced from the Mercedes-Benz factory in Stuttgart.

The Art of the Sports Car

The Greatest Designs of the 20th Century
Author: Dennis Adler
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: 0060188855
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 256
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There are great cars, and then there are sports cars, those that have not only withstood the test of time but steadfastly defied it -- cars that have remained desirable and valuable for more than 50 years, to become the most treasured automotive artifacts of our time. Many of the automobiles pictured in this book are stunning examples of the motorcar and require no further credentials. Others have been selected because they were benchmarks in the history of the sports car in this century. Illustrated throughout, with more than three hundred color photos, this gorgeous profile of the most highly coveted cars on earth is sure to evoke the dream of all car enthusiasts: speed and adventure.

Colt Single Action

From Patersons to Peacemakers
Author: Dennis Alder
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1510709223
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 312
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This book spans the entire history of Sam Colt's developments in handguns. It follows the first Paterson revolvers through the legendary 1860 Army and the evolution of cap and ball revolvers into the cartridge models carried during the Western Expansion of the 1870s. Author and photographer Dennis Adler takes you on a historical journey through time with striking studio photography of the world's greatest Colt revolvers, factory archival images and original patent drawings, and tales of the soldiers, lawmen, and lawbreakers who made Colt revolvers part of American history. Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for hunters and firearms enthusiasts. We publish books about shotguns, rifles, handguns, target shooting, gun collecting, self-defense, archery, ammunition, knives, gunsmithing, gun repair, and wilderness survival. We publish books on deer hunting, big game hunting, small game hunting, wing shooting, turkey hunting, deer stands, duck blinds, bowhunting, wing shooting, hunting dogs, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Guns of the Civil War


Author: N.A
Publisher: Zenith Imprint
ISBN: 0760339716
Category: History
Page: 352
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"Featuring guns photographed by Dennis Adler from the Mike Clark/Collector's Firearms Collection; the Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection; and the Dennis LeVett Collection, with additional photography provided by the Rock Island Auction Company Archives."

The Life of the Automobile

The Complete History of the Motor Car
Author: Steven Parissien
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1466836237
Category: Transportation
Page: 448
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The Life of the Automobile is the first comprehensive world history of the car. The automobile has arguably shaped the modern era more profoundly than any other human invention, and author Steven Parissien examines the impact, development, and significance of the automobile over its turbulent and colorful 130-year history. Readers learn the grand and turbulent history of the motor car, from its earliest appearance in the 1880s—as little more than a powered quadricycle—and the innovations of the early pioneer carmakers. The author examines the advances of the interwar era, the Golden Age of the 1950s, and the iconic years of the 1960s to the decades of doubt and uncertainty following the oil crisis of 1973, the global mergers of the 1990s, the bailouts of the early twenty-first century, and the emergence of the electric car. This is not just a story of horsepower and performance but a tale of extraordinary people: of intuitive carmakers such as Karl Benz, Sir Henry Royce, Giovanni Agnelli (Fiat), André Citroën, and Louis Renault; of exceptionally gifted designers such as the eccentric, Ohio-born Chris Bangle (BMW); and of visionary industrialists such as Henry Ford, Ferdinand Porsche (the Volkswagen Beetle), and Gene Bordinat (the Ford Mustang), among numerous other game changers. Above all, this comprehensive history demonstrates how the epic story of the car mirrors the history of the modern era, from the brave hopes and soaring ambitions of the early twentieth century to the cynicism and ecological concerns of a century later. Bringing to life the flamboyant entrepreneurs, shrewd businessmen, and gifted engineers that worked behind the scenes to bring us horsepower and performance, The Life of the Automobile is a globe-spanning account of the auto industry that is sure to rev the engines of entrepreneurs and gearheads alike.

Fifties Flashback

The American Car
Author: Dennis Adler
Publisher: Motorbooks
ISBN: 0760319278
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
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No other era in automotive history is as revered as the 1950s, when Detroit was the center of the auto world and the American V-8 was king of the road. With hundreds of color photos of beautiful restorations and a collection of rare archival photos, Dennis Adler has compiled a detailed history of the emerging postwar American auto industry.

Rolls-Royce and Bentley

The Crewe Years (3rd Edition)
Author: Martin Bennett
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9781844254811
Category: Transportation
Page: 480
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The names Rolls-Royce and Bentley have long been synonymous with engineering excellence, longevity, luxury and beauty of line. This third edition of a best-selling classic – fully updated in a new larger format, with excellent photography including period color – traces the story of these automotive aristocrats, examining all the post-war models manufactured at Crewe. This large and lavishly produced edition will be a superb addition to the libraries of all Rolls-Royce and Bentley enthusiasts.

Mercedes-Benz - The Grand Cabrios & Coupés


Author: René Staud
Publisher: TeNeues
ISBN: 9783832732936
Category: Photography
Page: 304
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Nothing says summer like driving a convertible. The car without a roof has always been a symbol for luxury and laissez-faire. And it still holds true today: everybody who's anybody drives "topless." The larger four-seater convertibles in particular have always been highly sought after--but they are difficult to build and have usually been made as coupés for this reason. Mercedes-Benz has always been a pioneer in this area. 'Mercedes-Benz: The Grand Cabrios & Coupes' gives us a peek at the long-standing partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Stuttgart-based photographer, Rene Staud. Carefully staged photos show graceful curves and precision down to the finest details that convey the company's dedication to a very special kind of driving pleasure. This volume presents the most important convertibles and related coupes from 100 years of Daimler automotive history. A special highlight is Daimler's new flagship, a convertible based on the new S-class that is being rolled out at the 2015 IAS. Even though summer eventually comes to an end, and sunny days can give way to showers, this book stands for everlasting convertible adventures. AUTHOR: Photographer Rene Staud made a breakthrough with the development of his Magicflash lighting technology; this type of surface lighting helps him greatly in his ad photos for top-shelf automakers. Staud and his team continue to develop new ways to meet the highest demands of the industry in both creativity and service. He has amassed 35 years of experience in ad photography; and has literally built the image of many companies with his photos. SELLING POINTS: * Open this glorious photo book and experience the classic Mercedes-Benz convertibles and the newest models in such realistic detail, you'll want to touch them * Elegantly-staged cars that made automotive history * Breathtaking curves that make "driving topless" a delight