Corgi Classics C805/6; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC

 

This is a fine and handsome model of the 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300, although it must have looked dated even in 1956. The Mercedes 300 in my '57 Observers Book of Automobiles is the one we know and love from the early Corgi range, the futuristic, gull wing monster as driven in soft-top form by Grace Kelly in High Society.

These different, more traditional, Mercedes-Benz Type 300s were the company's largest and most-prestigious models throughout the 1950s. Analogous to today's S-Class, the Type 300 cars were elegant, powerful, exclusive, and expensive. The 300, 300b, 300c, and successor 300d models were touring cars, often referred to as Adenauers after Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, in office from 1949 to 1963, who used them as his official car. The 300Sc was an all but handmade sports tourer, the pinnacle of the Mercedes line of their era. It was available in 2+2 coupe, cabriolet, and roadster versions.

Corgi released it as an open tourer with the soft top down as 805 and with the sot top up as 806 in March 1983 only a couple of months before the company went into receivership. The open version from this release is always black and the closed version is always metallic red although there were some post-crash releases in other colours, all I have had through the business are shown below.

 

Corgi Classics C806; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC Hand-carved blank used to make the original dies      
Corgi Classics C806/1; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Closed Cabriolet, Blue-Grey, Black Hood Corgi Classics 806; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Closed Cabriolet, Cream Corgi Classics 806; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC Convertible; Soft Top, Cream, Tan Corgi Classics C806/1; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Closed Cabriolet; Black White Corgi Classics C806/3; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Closed Cabriolet; Light Grey, Black Hood
Corgi Classics C806/1; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Closed Cabriolet, Blue-Grey, Black Hood

Corgi Classics 806; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Closed Cabriolet, Cream

Corgi Classics 806; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Closed Cabriolet, Cream, Tan Corgi Classics C806/1; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Closed Cabriolet; Black White Corgi Classics C806/3; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Closed Cabriolet; Light Grey, Black Hood
Corgi Classics 806; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Closed Cabriolet; Light Grey, Tan Hood Corgi Classics 806; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Closed Convertible, Cream, Tan      
Corgi Classics 806; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Closed Cabriolet; Light Grey, Tan Hood Corgi Classics 806; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Closed Cabriolet; Maroon/Tan      
Corgi Classics C806/1; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Open Cabriolet, Dark Red Corgi Classics 806; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Open Cabriolet; Black Corgi Classics 806; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Open Convertible; Grey-Blue Corgi Classics C806/2; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Open Cabriolet; Two-Tone Green  
Corgi Classics C806/1; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Open Cabriolet, Dark Red Corgi Classics 806; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Open Cabriolet; Black Corgi Classics C806/3; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Open Cabriolet; Blue-Grey Corgi Classics C806/2; 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC; Open Cabriolet; Two-Tone Green  

 


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