I have been obsessed with Japanese coffee ever since I found out brands give away model cars as promos. While I’ve not found anyone to pick up these coffee tins from Japan yet, I realized that these cars are mostly manufactured in China and so these promo cars do come up for sale sometimes on Aliexpress,albeit as partial sets. That’s where I found this
1/72 1/64 casting of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR.
I picked one up, released originally in Japan as part of a Georgia Coffee promo, after missing out last year on the complete 8 car set, which sold out on my watch. While there is nothing on the car, the seller’s listing mentions Kyosho and the casting certainly lives up to the name.
So I dont have much to complain about this casting considering I paid only around $4.25 for a iconic car with a story behind it.
Now for the story....
The Mille Miglia (i.e. Thousand Miles) was run in Italy between 1927 and 1957 (except for a break for WWII). Sir Stirling Moss drove this #722 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL to win the 1000 mile race (part of the World Sportscar Championship) in 1955. Another 300 SLR driven by Moss’s rival Juan Manuel Fangio finished 2nd.
However the tragedy at LeMans that year involving a 300 SLR driven by French driver Pierre Levegh meant that Mercedes-Benz withdrew from the race and then from all racing at the end of the season and did not compete for the next 30 years.
But by then the 300 SLRs had finished 1-2 in 3 of the 4 races they competed in the 6 race series, winning Mercedes-Benz the Constructors’ trophy, with Moss winning the Drivers trophy.
Update: It blew my mind to find out (via a retweet just now by the Mercedes-AMG F1 team) that (coincidentally) Mercedes are currently at 722 points in the 2016 F1 World Championship Constructors Standings. Ha!