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The Tipping Point of the German Racing Superiority – 2

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Exterior.Whenever you decided to shell out a significant number of dollars to acquire a premium diecast, expectations are high. Disappointment is not something anyone wants and the Streamliner will set you back on your heels. CMC moved the art of 1:18-scale diecast into a new league with its Mercedes-Benz W196R. The body is truly unbelievable—fit, finish, casting, trim; all are as close to perfect as any diecast we have ever seen. It was so difficult to find a flaw that we looked in places we never considered on other diecasts—at any price. The body perfectly reflects MB’s advanced thinking in the early 1950s. Covered in sensual silver, the body has more bumps and curves than a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. And each one is perfect. Screen mesh covers the grille opening and the reverse teardrop air-intake duct on the hood. The exterior is free of trim with the notable exception of a three-pointed star emblem on the nose. A pair of exhaust trumpets exit via a port on the right side. Other than that one protrusion, every inch is sleek and smooth and shows how far ahead of its time the style was.


CMC faithfully reproduces the remarkable M196 engine. It features a parts list that would choke a horse and a realism that few other diecast cars can match.


Just as impressive is the driver’s cockpit. The form-fitting seat has tartan cloth and simulated leather. The hatch behind the seat flips up to allow access to the fuel filter.

SPECS

Scale: 1:18
Length: 9.5 in.
Wheelbase: 5.25 in.
Width: 3.75 in.
Height: 2 in.
Price: $250


FEATURES
» Rolling wheels
» Functional steering
» Opening hood
» Removable body shell

RATINGS (scale of 1-5)
Body, paint 5

Wheels, tires 5

Engine 5

Chassis 4.5

Interior 5

Presentation 5

Collectibility 4

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Updated: June 30, 2011 — 11:25 AM

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