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Mercedes-benz 300 sl - 303s2

page last updated: 09 November 2011


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The history of this Corgi is quite hard to sort out. It came out first in 1958 as an open sports with no suspension. In 1961 it gained its unique springs; 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 down each side of the car, This one has a small butterfly spring for each axle. In 1963 it got a driver and in 1964 it got spoked wheels. You will see it in white, off white, shades of blue and plated silver. The interior can be blue, yellow or brown, it may or may not have a driver - in a grey suit with a red bow tie, it may or may not have a racing stripe and racing numbers.

To my mind in 1963 it is looking really out of place in the Corgi range with fine models such as the Ghia 6.4L showing the way.

You may be forgiven if you are confused. Any of the above in mint condition still in its box will be worth good money. Top value is for the 1961 release white car, suspension but no driver, blue seats, racing stripe or the 1963/64 plated car with a driver and with or without spoked wheels.

I'll get a new screen and steering wheel from Steve Flowers and this will be a splendid model, the paintwork is really nice.


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