This 1:8 scale of the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé (W 198) complete with patina and specially woven fabric for the seat covers is jaw-droppingly wonderful but will cost you a sniff under £18,000…
Rewind 67 years, yes that many, and the beautiful Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was being unveiled to its gob-smacked public at the International Motor Sports Show in New York on 6 February 1954 and for obvious reasons has been waxed lyrical ever since.
Impractical as they were then and still are today, gullwing roof-hinged doors gave the media something to swoon over as the covers slid charismatically off the lengthy bonnet – this was a car that had it all and demanded more attention than Paul Newman.
The iconic Mercedes 300SL is no stranger to celebrity status either, claiming 2nd place in the famous Mille Miglia, 1-2-3-4 at the Nürburgring, and among other incredible achievements 1st and 2nd at Le Mans. The SL moniker (Sport Light) was a direct reference to the pioneering use of a welded, tubular-steel, ultra-light frame construction that weighed in at only 182 lb. The 300 SL was also raced and piloted by the top drivers of the day, such as John Fitch, Olivier Gendebien, Paul O’Shea, Prince Metternich, and, of course, Sir Stirling Moss, who holds the ‘forever’ course record for his famous Mille Miglia finish in 1955.
It wasn’t long before the car driven by the jet set was voted ‘Sports Car of the Century’ by an international jury and demanding astronomical values at auction with rare aluminum-bodied examples fetching in excess of $6,000,000. Fast forward some 67 years and the 300 SL remains Mercedes-Benz’s most recognisable car, and its influences can still be seen in the marques automobiles today.
In recent times 1:8 model classic cars have become the most desirable with demand often outstripping production. The downside is that you’ll need a hefty bank balance to afford something like the elaborately hand-built Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé, complete with detailed patina, specially woven fabric for the seat covers, and diorama second to none.
You might think about installing an expensive 24 hour monitored CCTV system before you decide to purchase the handcrafted masterpiece for the princely sum of 19,990 euros.
If the 1:8 scale is too pricey you could always go for the 1:24 scale for a less affluent sum of €29.90…
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