1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Diecast Model

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Franklin Mint 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K- Nbr Limited Edition of 1500 diecast car
  • Year: 1935
  • Brand: Franklin Mint
  • Make: Mercedes-Benz
  • Code: E353
  • Model: 500K- Nbr Limited Edition of 1500
  • Scale: 1:24
  • Color: White

A classic of a classic, the first of a first, grandfather of precision diecast, the Ayatollah of Rock-n-Rolla. The Franklin Mint started a precision diecast culture in 1:24th scale miniature automobile collectibles back in 1983 with this very model. Well, a red version, anyway. And while this one is still nearly as low tech as its grandfather, it is still every bit as classic as the classic original 500K it depicted. It took the better part of fifteen years before FM repainted the car in blue and changed the wire wheels to photo-etched metal and amended certain other parts to bring it more up to date with the models of the specific era.

But what a difference a day can make and a repaint can offer. Creamy off-white exterior paint with burgundy seats, top boot and canvas convertible up-top extends a completely unique perspective to this legendary automobile of extreme historic importance. And while the model does not have all the intricate detail and functional workings of a model made in this period of diecast sensationalism, it affords a wholesome image of overall loveliness. I cannot go in depth into the model’s abundance of detail because, based on yesterday’s tech, there is precious little. But as a whole, the replica is an alluring representation of the famous car itself.

Of course the engine can be seen by lifting either hood side. The doors both open on reverse dog leg hinges. Staying closed has always been a matter of chance on each specific model but the fit of the doors when closed is excellent and never better. The rumble seat opens to nice interior matching the driver and passenger’s interior. The dash is rudimentary but faithfully representative of the real car. The photo-etch radiator symbol and wire wheels look good and the chassis isn’t bad either. The top and boot fit well and change the look of the model for either display option. Don’t expect too much from this model and you won’t be at all disappointed. It is what it is and that is a very nice image of a truly classic beauty. FM’s choice of the white exterior with burgundy contrasts works exceptionally well for me.

The issue price is $120

-Tony Perrone

  • Our Price: $120.00
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