When it made its début in 1934, the Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster was like a car from another planet. For the sales price of the Roadster – initially 26,000 Reichsmark, rising to 28,000 Reichsmark from 1936 – you could buy a spacious villa in a good location. There was only one word to describe the design of the two-door car with its folding seats, recessed radiator and tiny disc: breathtaking. The elongated bonnet, the flowing lines of the mudguards and the interior – perfectly integrated into the car‘s overall shape – with its fine materials and harmonious shape were all part of this amazing design.
Among the different versions of the already luxurious 500K that were developed, the very rare Special Roadster was, in many ways, the jewel in the automotive crown. In total, Mercedes-Benz manufactured just 25 of these ultimate luxury vehicles. Thanks to the Roots-type supercharger, which could be actuated from the accelerator pedal, this open-top sports car was capable of reaching speeds few other series production cars of its time could manage. In 1934, 100 kilometres per hour was considered to be the sound barrier for all regular series car models – the Special Roadster was about to raise the bar to 160 kilometres per hour. In just 20 seconds, the "Teutonic Beast“, as one English journalist called the car, could accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour.
This stunning model is a hand finished miniature, which consists of over 1,959 individual parts and is limited to 2,000 editions worldwide. Here, a wide range of materials are brought together with the precision of a Swiss chronograph to create a unique masterpiece. The doors, bonnet, rear seat bench and indicator are all flexible while the wheels, including spare wheel, can be removed. The map compartments can be folded up, as can the glove compartment lid. A tiny lever in the model‘s interior can be used to adjust the side ventilation flaps at the front windshield, just like in the original. The star in the radiator is removeable while the fuel cap cover can be opened. The roof can be closed but, while open, has a covering that remains true to the original. Last but not least, the sharp contours of the instrumentation underscore the lavish luxury of the model. The many other precisely reproduced details make it clear that the model is a true miniature work of art.
Any negatives? I'm told the miniature radio doesn't broadcast!
Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster 1934
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