This is it, my top grail purchase of 2017. This is the Guiloy Mercedes-Benz C-112 concept car, in color-shift paint no less.

Mercedes built this concept in 1991 as a test bed for new technologies, and also as a concept of what its legendary Sauber C11 Group C race car. Even though it was named as the spiritual successor to the C-111, this car had a 6.0 liter V12 engine mounted mid-ship rather than Dorito power. Ah, the early 90's.

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Everything on this model opens as it should. The gullwing doors stay propped open for display. The engine hatch and the compartment in the nose both open. The massive air-brake off the rear deck is even functional. This active aero technology was one of the major studies on the C-112, although Mercedes Benz didn’t use it until the SLR about a decade later.

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Don’t forget to top off your windshield washer fluid!

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The engine bay is beautifully detailed, from the oil dipstick to warning labels, to the different colored hoses coming off the coolant reservoirs. I love a lot of modern automobiles, but the plastic covers under most hoods these days rob us of these details.

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The interior is well decorated, as it should be for Guiloy’s Top Line range. Seat belts and sill plates really stand out, although the sticker gauges are forgivable considering the model’s age.

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Now for my complaints. This will be quick because I could only find two! The first one might even be Guiloy’s fault. The read hatch doesn’t sit flush and it even rocks side to side if you press it. This could have happened during shipping. When I picked up the box on my porch when it was delivered, I heard that sound that every collector fears. The model had come off its base and was rolling around inside!

I was ready to write the seller some nasty feedback but I discover that all four of the mounting screws had stripped out. Thankfully all of the fragile bits were still in-tact, but I can’t help to think that this rear hatch sat correctly at one point.

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The worst offense is this taillight assembly. The mounting posts are visible through the massive piece of red plastic. The car should have integrated amber turn signals on the corners and the reverse lights are unaccounted for. Let’s not forget to talk about that awful generic license plate. Standard font on a sticker that’s not even straight. Every single model eBay has ever alerted me about had a crooked sticker. Every. Single. One.

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Back on the positive side of things; that paint job though.

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Guiloy released these models in standard silver, red, and a funky red and black livery, but the color shift paint is the cream of the crop. It looks silver one way, purple another, and also has flashes of green. I’ve literally never seen one come across eBay for less that $150, but more on that later.

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I was very lucky to get the eBay alert for this one. The starting bid was $75, and I was unchallenged. I couldn’t get over it. 2017 was full of lucky auctions for me, sorry I don’t mean to brag!

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Despite the 700 orders Mercedes received, they never put the car into production. It wouldn’t be until the homogolation special CLK GTR that Mercedes Benz built their crazy 90's super car.

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So I guess this will be my final review of 2017! I hope to write more and accumulate less next year, but that’s what I said last year.

...And the year before that actually.