If you started to look in 2015 for a decent R129, you might have wondered, why quite a few of them are already fairly expensive. Like its predecessor, it was built in relatively large numbers for a luxury sports roadster and like its predecessor, good examples will become only more expensive over the next years. The V8 is naturally the most popular version, but why not also consider the more reasonably priced six-cylinder models. After all you don't plan to use this car anymore to get as fast as possible from A to B. Today you use it more like you enjoy a well aged wine, where you savour every sip. With the R129 you cherish every ride. A special case is the V12. To buy one that is less than perfect is a guarantee to ruin you.
You have read this far, then this new book, which was already published as e-book, will interest you. It comes with a comprehensive buyer's guide and explains the VIN and data card in great detail, so that one has a better understanding, how these cars were originally equipped and to which market they have been shipped first. Naturally it covers the development and history of the R129, but it also reveals the engines' strong and weak points and has a look at the cars' recent price development. The book ends with a detailed list of the cars' technical specifications and the annual production history of each model.
Why is this book not available as hardcover? Even today with modern digital printing services available, books with many color photos are expensive to produce. This book comes with over 220 photos and colored charts and would cost retail as hardcover version over US$ 60 (or the corresponding amount in £ or €), which the author finds excessive. That is why the choice to offer the more reasonable to produce soft cover option.