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Introduction & thanks - the purpose of this book 1. Is it the right car for you? - marriage guidance 2. Cost considerations - affordable, or a money pit? 3. Living with a W107 SL or SLC - will you get along together? 4. Relative values - which model for you? 5. Before you view - be well informed 6. Inspection equipment - these items will really help 7. Fifteen minute evaluation - walk away or stay? 8. Key points - where to look for problems 9. Serious evaluation - 60 minutes for years of enjoyment 10. Auctions - sold! Another way to buy your dream 11. Paperwork - correct documentation is essential! 12. What's it worth to you? - let your head rule your heart! 13. Do you really want to restore? - it'll take longer and cost more than you think 14. Paint problems - bad complexion, including dimples, pimples and bubbles 15. Problems due to lack of use - just like their owners, cars need exercise! 16. The Community - key people, organisations and companies in the W107 world 17. Vital statistics - essential data at your fingertips Index
Chris Bass worked in advertising for 30 years, with a large proportion of that on or for Mercedes-Benz, covering everything from new model launches to after-sales. During this time, in 1997, he became Editor of the Mercedes-Benz Club Gazette, a role he still carries today. This award-winning journal has a strong history of technical content, and Chris has been able to draw on its many articles on SLK ownership, maintenance, and repair, in writing this book. He has driven just about every Mercedes-Benz model built since the 1980s, and maintains two of his own, with his W210 190E having covered in excess of 217,000 miles. His mechanical experience extends to restoring an Allard and a Triumph TR4A, as well as maintaining a Triumph Herald convertible and a 1930 Crossley Silver.