Mercedes Benz 300SL (W194) #16 Rudolf Caracciola Grand Prix of Bern (1952) Limited Edition to 1500 pieces Worldwide 1/18 Diecast Model Car by CMC
- Brand new 1/18 scale diecast car model of Mercedes Benz 300SL (W194) #16 Rudolf Caracciola Grand Prix of Bern (1952) Limited Edition to 1500 pieces Worldwide die cast model car by CMC.
- Brand new box.
- Real rubber tires.
- Functional trunk lid.
- Has steerable wheels.
- Officially licensed product.
- Has opening hood, doors and trunk.
- Hand-crafted metal precision model.
- Interior-equipment with carpet flocking.
- Made of diecast with some plastic parts.
- Contemporary license plates front and rear.
- Detailed interior, exterior, engine compartment.
- Fold-up wing doors with turnable vent-windows.
- Fuel tank filler with a flip-open cover in the trunk.
- Authentic and true-to-scale designed "Gullwing"-body.
- Dimensions approximately L-9.5, W-3.75, H-3.25 inches.
- Engine is mounted prototypical, inclined to the left by 50°.
- Detailed 6-cylinder in-line-engine with aggregates and pipes.
- Finely worked dashboard with a full array of instruments and controls.
- Seats are upholstered with a real textile cover in an attractive check pattern.
- Perfectly replicated cooler grill with dominating Mercedes Star. All parts made of metal.
Featuring an unusual entry through a gull-wing door that opens from the lower edge of the side window and swivels upward around the centerpiece of the roof top, this streamlined sports car immediately cast a spell on the racing enthusiasts. After a successful debut at the Mille Miglia, the 300SL moved on to the renewed competition of sports car racing at the Grand Prix of Bern on May 18th, 1952.
The three officially registered 300SL's were decked out in uncommonly colorful finishes, including dark red (Rudolf Caracciola, #16), green (Karl Kling, #18), and blue (Hermann Lang, #20), not to mention the silver-colored finish of the replacement car with Fritz Riess (#22) at its wheel. The team was ready to engage the rivals from Ferrari, Lancia, Aston Martin and Jaguar. At the end of the race, Mercedes-Benz celebrated a spectacular triple-victory, with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places clinched by Karl Kling, Hermann Lang and Fritz Riess respectively. The joy of victory, however, was tempered because a tragic accident had happened to Rudolf Caracciola when he veered off the track on a stalled front brake and crashed into a tree in round 13. He was taken to hospital with a broken femur and other injuries. His recovery was long, and the bone fracture plus a knee surgery caused lasting impairment to his right leg, which put an end to Caracciola's racing career.