Mercedes-Benz 300 SC 1956

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Mercedes-Benz

300 SC 1956

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This is a fine and handsome model of the 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300, although it must have looked dated even in 1956. The Mercedes 300 in my '57 Observers Book of Automobiles is the one we know and love from the early Corgi range, the futuristic, gull wing monster as driven in soft-top form by Grace Kelly in High Society.

These different, more traditional, Mercedes-Benz Type 300s were the company's largest and most-prestigious models throughout the 1950s. Analogous to today's S-Class, the Type 300 cars were elegant, powerful, exclusive, and expensive. The 300, 300b, 300c, and successor 300d models were touring cars, often referred to as Adenauers after Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, in office from 1949 to 1963, who used them as his official car. The 300Sc was an all but handmade sports tourer, the pinnacle of the Mercedes line of their era. It was available in 2+2 coupe, cabriolet, and roadster versions.

Corgi released it as an open tourer with the soft top down as 805 and with the sot top up as 806 in March 1983 only a couple of months before the company went into receivership. The hood-down version is always black and the hood up version is always metallic red although there were some post-crash releases in other colours.

Black: Mettoy era

 

Grey; UK made, post Mettoy

Mercedes-Benz 300 SC 1956-805 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC 1956-805 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC 1956-805   VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany) VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany) VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany)
Mercedes-Benz 300 SC 1956-805 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC 1956-805 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC 1956-805   VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany) VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany) VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany)
Mercedes-Benz 300 SC 1956-805 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC 1956-805 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC 1956-805   VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany) VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany) VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany)
Mercedes-Benz 300 SC 1956-805 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC 1956-805 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC 1956-805   VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany) VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany) VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany)
Mercedes-Benz 300 SC 1956-805 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC 1956-805 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC 1956-805   VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany) VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany) VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany)
        VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany) VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany) VA05204 Ford Granada MkI Green and white; Saarland Polizei (Germany)
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