Minichamps 1938 Mercedes-Benz “Rekordwagen” 1:43 | $72.00
The Mercedes-Benz W-125 “Rekordwagen” epitomized streamlining when it first saw the light of day in late 1937, and in early 1938 the incredibly swoopy one-off machine set a world record for top speed on a public road – a heart-stopping 268 miles per hour, a record that it still holds today. Not too shabby. Neither is the Minichamps model of the car as it appeared that day in January 1938, with Rudy Caricciola at the wheel. The diecast body is smooth and beautifully painted, and the model’s stance on thin, hardly visible tires is right on; the resolution of the casting is remarkable for metal, and it includes neatly engraved lines for the wheel spats and the access hatches above the car’s radiator and twin-supercharged 750-horse V12. Our favorite feature is the incredibly comprehensive cockpit below the clear windscreen: replete with a 3/4 steering wheel, leather-look seat, gauges, and even a wee shifter, all the details crammed into the stromliner’s gut had us at full squint in record time. – Joe Kelly, Jr.