Mercedes-benz 300 sl - 303

page last updated: 22 February 2017

 

 

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303

 

mercedes-benz

300sl

open sports


 

There are loads of releases of this model over the years. This August 1958 release is the first. It is released again in April 1959 as a hardtop. They are both given another trip out a couple of years later with added suspension and a couple of further releases with a driver added and finally in 1964 with wire spoked wheels - although I've never seen one of those, just seen mention of it in the Great Book of Corgi.

The original 303 open sports without suspension was sold from 1958 to 1960. it is found in off-white with blue seats, cream with blue seats or blue with white or yellow seats, they are all valued quite highly with the off-white cars being the most sought after.

I originally thought this example to be the first release of the open top version, but when I got the bottom off I found it had suspension and was therefore the later 'S' release. The usual way for Corgis to get suspension is to have the axles fitted into slots so that they can move up and down and to provide a spring wire laterally down each side of the car, This one has a small butterfly spring for each axle mounted at right angles to the base plate. However as I've not been able to find a non-sprung version this car does for both on the website. An interesting feature of this one is that it has the old flat hubs which always had the axle fixed to the hub which gave a smooth finish to the hub but the wheels being attached to the axle, the wheels would not rotate independently. On this one the axles are free in the wheels, but the consequence is a big riveted over end on the axle. This is the only car in the collection with this axle set up.

It had previously been in the hands of a small child with a paint box, a child who wanted it to be black with a blue grille. Water colour paints thank goodness. I managed to get most of it off with a little effort. I then ordered a new screen & steering wheel from Steve Flowers and stripped the car down to give it a good clean before reassembling it with the new parts. The seat unit is actually broken too - but you can't tell from the pictures.


     
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