Finally dusted off the DSLR to take some slightly higher quality pictures.

Got a Custom Continental Mark III and a Mercedes 280SL. The Continental is a bit more worn but still has very much life left in her.

The 280SL was the subject of an earlier post of mine, but those pics I took were with a cell phone camera so I figured I’d throw up a few more taken in direct sunlight outside.

Going on 50 years old, the Spectraflame paint still gleams!

Now onto today’s new Acquisition, the Continental Mark III. I got this just to compare/contrast with my Neo-Classics Mark III. They’re very similar.

I actually like the play-worn patina on this old girl.

Not much gleam left in the paint on her, but she still rolls pretty well. I’ll replace the wheels eventually like I did on the 280SL, which should make a striking difference in overall appearance.

If this 49 year old toy car could tell stories, what would they be?

The old Mark III next to the recent reproduction. I think they’re both gorgeous in their own way.

One chromed-out engine bay, the other with a matte finish that seems nearly unaffected by the half century since its creation. We should all be so lucky.

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For you Gremlin fans, I’m still working on acquiring materials to reproduce the torsion bar axle. I’m tempted to to throw in a straight axle from an older mainline car in the meantime, just to get her together. Since I’ll be using small button-head screws, it shouldn’t be an issue to take her apart at a later date when I finally succeed in building a new torsion bar axle.

Have a great day everyone!