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This model is the Bang 1011 1958 Mercedes Benz 300 SL "Gullwing" in maroon as raced in the 1989 Mille Miglia. It was issued as a limited edition model, this is #1511 of 5000 issued worldwide.
The model has no opening parts other than the "gullwing" doors - it is a two seat, two door sports car. At the front is a chromed bumper that incorporates the numberplate [VD 40476] in black on white background. Above the bumper is the classic chrome and black Mercedes grille flanked by the front lights which are represented by clear lenses set into a chromed surround, and the indicator lights which are small orange and chrome moldings. In front of the bonnet is a Mercedes badge in red, silver and blue and on the front of the bonnet is the Mille Miglia racing number 233. Two tiny photo etched windscreen wipers and a chrome air vent complete the lower front. The sides are plain except for the chrome air vent just behind the front wheel arch and the chrome body line, below the doors. Each of the doors carries the Mille Miglia race number, a small chromed silver door handle and no glazing! At the rear is another chromed bumper also molded to include the numberplate in black on white. The rear lights are represented by red lenses for the brake lights and orange lenses for the indicators. The boot lid carries the race number again and is tampo printed with the Mercedes emblem and "300 SL" in silver.
The interior consists of black plastic seats, a chromed plastic dashboard complete with dials set into a black plastic surround, a tiny chrome dash-mounted rear view mirror, a black gear stick with chrome knob, and a cream/ivory, left hand drive steering wheel.
All wheels have 8 spoke hubs - chrome, one piece, hub with red spokes and chrome hub cap and separate black rubber tyres.
The base plate is black plastic and is marked with "Mercedes 300 SL" at the centre top, "Bang" on the second line above the simplistic representation of the drive-shaft, "Made in Italy" just below it, and "SCALA 1/43" below that. The base plate casting also has minimalist engine sump and gearbox at the front and differential and axle at the rear with a separate chromed exhaust system. It is held in place with two self tapping screws, one at the front behind the axle and the other at the rear behind the rear axle.
Date of issue is unknown. Its scale is stated to be 1:43.
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