Mercedes-Benz W123 Series: 1976 – 1986
The Mercedes W123 celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and in that time has become not only one of the most recognisable and iconic cars ever made, but also an extremely popular classic car for many enthusiasts. Fans of the model will be delighted to pick up a copy of this new title from Veloce, entitled Mercedes-Benz W123 Series: 1976 – 1986. This hefty, glossy hardback has been penned by Brian Long, who’s not only a prolific motoring writer and trained mechanical engineer, but also a long-time Mercedes owner, and so he’s perfectly positioned to bring us into the world of the W123.
In logical fashion, the book starts off with an overview of the MB organisation itself, before guiding us through the W123’s predecessors and its design and development phase. A comprehensive detailing of the production cars follows, covering most world markets, right through to the end of production in late 1985. The many variants are also dealt with in detail, such as the C123 coupe, S123 estates, and even hearse and ambulance conversions, and there’s also a look at the W123’s competition history, which I found fascinating as I hadn’t realised just how much rallying the W123 had done in its career. The book is rounded off with useful tables on engine types, production figures, and even a look at the model’s successor, the W124, so it’s a hugely comprehensive tome and one that you’ll come back to again and again. It’s very much enhanced by extensive period photography too, which brings you right back into the era in which this legendary car was developed, and allied to its very high production quality this is a book that I’ll be proud to have on my own shelf for the foreseeable future. Review by Andrew Pollock
Published by Veloce Books, and comprising of 192 pages with 321 colour pictures, this hardback book can be purchased for €57 (including delivery).