Slot Classic CJ-19

After having reproduced the Mercedes 300 SL coupe version with decoration from the 24 hours of Le Mans and the Panamericana Race, we retake this model to enjoy this time the spyder version.

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The first time these fantastic vehicles raced was on the 2nd of August, 1952, in the Nürburgring’s circuit. The Mercedes team introduced the same cars they had used to race in the 24 hours of Le Mans, but converted to spyders. With this operation, nearly 100 Kgs of weight were eliminated, and the frontal area was reduced to 1.45 m2. All these things were made to make them even more competitive. These three vehicles were totaly covered, with the exception of the pilot’s place, and they had a small windscreen.

For that same year’s edition of the Panamericana Race, Mercedes moved to Mexico four vehicles, two coupes and two spyders. One of these spyders was used for training and later ceded to the journalist Gunther Molter to make a chronic of the race. The other unit was relayed to the american pilot, John Fitch, copiloted by Geiger, that is the one which we make this time.

The most distinctive detail from this model resides on its peculiar windscreen, which was built due to the great height of the american pilot. After a competitive race with the Ferraris of Bracco and Chinetti, the Mercedes won, but they couldn’t get the desired triple win due to the disqualification of the model we reproduce, due to a reparation in the front axis, that wasn’t allowed in the race’s regulations.

The beauty of its lines and its extreme competitivity have been the reasons to decide to reproduce it at scale 1:32


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