Welcome to Working Top Wednesday, the series that I forgot about. This should have been wrapped up last fall, but I didn’t like how my pics turned out, thanks to my photo nemesis, black paint. This CLK was supposed to be the penultimate car in the series, but things have changed during the convertible off-season. This CLK and next week’s(?) model are both by Kyosho, and both were produced during the same period, but they may as well be from different manufactures.
As the rumor goes, Mercedes wanted their dealer models to retail for $50. Given the typical dealer markup, that equated to about $30-$35 for a hobby edition. But, Kyosho models of the day were already at the $50 price point, so that meant corners had to be cut. That meant dogleg hinges on the doors, sealed rear doors on the E-class, and other various cost cutting measures. The other un-typical way Kso many of my other Kyosho’s have.yosho got back their R.O.I. was to make the CLK in every color under the sun. OK, excuse my hyperbole, but Kyosho did make the CLK convertible in about 7-8 colors, which is unusual for them. And that’s only for the top down only cars. The working top cars come in at least 2 colors, but I only know that because I have them both. I’ve never seen the working top version anywhere else.
Models with working tops are not unusual, but the CLK is one of the few that I’m aware of with a cloth top. The Maisto BMW E36 3-series was featured here last year, and Anson made the first gen CLK that’s even rarer than this Kyosho. If there are others, let me know. One trait shared amongst the soft top cars is that they don’t look very good with the tops up. It’s just not possible to get the necessary tension in the cloth to keep it taut. Kyosho’s solution to this was to also include a removable top. In addition to the working top, the model also features real leather seats. That’s normally a gimmick that I’m not overly impressed by, but the application of the material is well done. All in all, it’s an OK model, but I can’t say it’s a must have unless you’re a dedicated Mercedes fan.
Thanks for looking.