Mercedes Monday: The Long Wait Is Over

I’m a fan of Mercedes Benz, and I feel one of the best periods for the company came in the late 80's/early 90's. With this in mind, I’m kinda lucky as a collector as basically every Benz from that period has been made in scale. Now made in scale doesn’t mean made well or even actually to scale. An example of the former came in the shape of a Majorette (or maybe Solido) 600 SEC. It was if somebody took a pic of a C140, made a lithograph of the pic, then a photocopy of the lithograph, then faxed the photocopy to someone who then described what they saw to the model maker. I’ve shared pics of it here before, but for you new LaLD’ers, take a gander.

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See, I wouldn’t lie to you, it’s horrible. But as the only 1/18 C140 in existence, it found a way into my collection. It was only a place holder til something better came along. And now that something better is here.

For those of you who have models from Norev, you already know what you’re getting quality wise. The shape is accurate as far as I can tell, but it seems the black trim on the rear side glass over accentuates the gentle uptick of the beltline, making it look off. Speaking of that black trim, I appreciate that Norev correctly applied it on the inside of the windows, with only a couple of exceptions. It’s a minor thing, but when applied on the outside, the black paint has a subtle but noticeable lip along its edges, and the light reflects differently off this painted area from how it does on the unpainted plastic. Another plus concerning glass work is that Norev modeled this car with the double-pane glass that was optional on the W140 series. The model is sold as a CL600, but there is no model designation on the trunk and the V-12 badges are missing from the C-pillar. They didn’t do this on their S600 W140 sedans, so I wonder why they are excluded here?

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Wheel and tire proportioning is a criticism that I often direct at Norev, and there is no exception here. They look good mind you, but I believe these wheels would have been 17 inches at best whereas these seem to scale up to 20" if I did my math right. A bigger gripe with the wheels is that they stick out a wee bit too much, but not so much it ruins the look of the model. Unlike Norev’s recent BMW releases, the trunk opens on the CL, and Norev even threw in a CD changer and what looks to be the back end of a refrigerated rear console. I didn’t know this was a thing back then, and I wouldn’t expect it on a coupe, but there it is. The interior is done to a good standard, and is a refreshing reminder of how simple car interiors used to be. Under the hood is a good at-a-glance example of the big coupes V-12 motor, but the casting is not very deep. All in all, it’s another fine model from my favorite French model company. If you like big Benz coupes, I’m sure you’ll find it worth the cost.

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