News Nr. 2 – January 2010

Ahead of the Nuremberg International Toy Fair Schuco releases a 1:43 scale die-cast metal model of the newest Mercedes-Benz, the 2010 E-Class Cabriolet (convertible) with its top down.

The model will be available as of January 20th, in three colours: metallic grey, light blue metallic, and red. The retail price should be app. 35€ (34.95€ at Andreas Bunte Mini-Auto in Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany, e-mail: info@miniauto.net).

The convertible is also being released by Busch in 1:87 scale in the colours black, silver metallic, and red, and can be purchased for app. 19.50€.

Norev is offering the 2010 E-Class open cabriolet in the same black, silver metallic, and red colours, but in the 1:18th scale. This model retails for around 74.50€.

The overwhelming majority of you, the readers of the NEWS, are collectors of models manufactured in the so-called “international collector’s scale”, i.e. in 1:43.

So am I. Yet, I must admit, the newly released metallic blue-grey 1:18th scale 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL (W126) made by Norev got my heart going: this is an exciting, wonderful looking, detailed model, available at the quite acceptable price of a little under 60€. So, if scale is not of paramount importance to you, and you’ve got enough display or storage room at home, what’s keeping you from getting one?

On the other hand, if consistency of scale is most important to you (as it is to me), one should nevertheless acknowledge when a model of another scale is superb, and this 1:18 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL (W126) truly is!

Adieu Saab!
It is not up to me to eulogize SAAB, but one should show respect, where respect is due, and it is sad to see a Company whose cars used to be considered by many as avantgarde and exotic, disappear largely because of the mismanagement of the “owning corporation”.

A point of interest for us Mercedes-Benz fans: in 1935, at the Geneva Auto Show, a Mercedes – Benz 200 (W21) bodied by Paul Jaray (1889-1974), the engineer famous for his automotive streamlining studies, was on exhibit. Amazingly enough, the first SAAB car prototype (the “Ur-Saab”), shown in 1947, bears an uncanny resemblance to the “Jaray car”.

Author: Bernd D. Loosen