Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Forty 3rd: Magnificent Mercedes Monday

Just when cars and even some SUVs are being designed with aerodynamics in mind, here comes a design with an old school look.

Although we have seen a few boxy cars like the ones made by Scion (a Toyota company), this one has the making of an almost vintage looking truck - or sometimes called a wagon - with rounded headlights, boxy bumpers and not to mention, a boxy body.

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Is it real or a replica?
Is it real or a replica?

Made by AutoArt, a well known die cast manufacturer geared towards collector, this is the Mercedes Benz G55 AMG.

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Known as the G-Class or sometimes called G-Wagen (short for Geländewagen, “cross country vehicle”), it is a mid-size four-wheel drive luxury SUV manufactured by Magna Steyr and sold by Mercedes-Benz.

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The G-class was developed as a military vehicle from a suggestion by the Shah of Iran (at the time a significant Mercedes shareholder) to Mercedes and offered as a civilian version in 1979.

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With the AMG badge, which is the high performance division of Mercedes-Benz, this model is probably considered the high end of their luxury division.

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To most of us, owning one is probably beyond our means. I am glad that this hobby gave us the opportunity to have one at an affordable price.

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I really like this AutoArt model. It has a nice clean look and the front wheels actually turns albeit only slightly.

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Below is a photo of a 1:1 and is probably based on a 2006 model. Compare this with the replica and I say AutoArt did a fantastic job.

Picture from Wikipedia
Picture from Wikipedia

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