About two weeks ago, I saw that one of my neighbors decided to pull his immaculate W126 300SD Turbodiesel out of his garage to use for the next few weeks. A few hours later, I decided that since he wasn’t willing to sell his, I should get one of my own.
Unfortunately, a college student’s budget dictates that a 1/43 would be more suitable for the price. When I looked through eBay, I found a beautiful Minichamps 1/43 560SEL in Dunkelblau (Deep Blue) for sale in Germany. About $45 later, I found myself the owner of a 1990 V126, the long wheelbase version of the W126.
Designed by Bruno Sacco in the 70s, the W126 is one of the most recognizable and beloved Mercedes in the company’s history. From stockbrokers to dictators, the W126 found itself in the company of some of the most famous people of the late 20th century. Fast forward about 30 years, we find that they’re mostly either beat to within an inch of their life or meticulously maintained by their first or second owner. My neighbor’s W126 300SD Turbodiesel has been one of the cars that has led me to love older Mercedes as much as I do since I was a kid. Seeing it rattle to life reignited the flame (or glow plug) in my heart that I haven’t felt since the last time I saw it about a year ago.
Here are some delicious pictures I took of it outside just now.
Words cannot describe how much I love this little model. It feels so well made and intricate. I can’t help but sit with it at my desk, keeping it as a distraction from the endless financial spreadsheets. It does, however, remind me of something. Even though it’s only a 1/43 now, I know my time will come when I’ll be able to look at my driveway and see a 1/1. It’s only a matter of time.
If you find yourself needing some music while looking at the pictures, enjoy this W126-approved song.
Overall, I really can’t think of a reason as to why this shouldn’t be a part of everyones’ collections. This is about as good as Minichamps’ models get. Do yourself a favor and get one. You won’t be disappointed.
If you’ll excuse me, I have some 1/43 dissidents to take care of.