By Hans-Georg Schmitt
All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.
The Atlas Ambulance Cars collection continues to be issued with two more items to 1:43 scale appearing since my last report.
7 495 114 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
On 1st February 1979 production of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class began in the Austrian city of Graz. The first Mercedes-Benz cross-country vehicle since the Second World War was developed in co-operation between Daimler-Benz and Steyr-Daimler-Puch which started in 1977.
The vehicle has since been used by businesses, private individuals, by utility firms, and for military purposes. Its suitability for off-road rescues because of its permanent four-wheel-drive.was identified early in its life. Different rescue organisations are still using the G-class as emergency doctor´s cars today. The miniature shows an “Emergency Doctor Action Vehicle”, this means, that the doctor does first aid and prepares the patient for transfer to hospital by Ambulance and then moves on to the next call.
The model is true to the original shape and the livery is authentic. Many small separate parts are fitted and a baseplate with some detail fitted. The German registration plates are issued by Neustadt an der Waldnaab, not far away from the “Richard Wagner Town”, Bayreuth.
7 495 115 Saab 9-5 Sportcombi
In 1949 the Swedish aircraft manufacturer started their car production with the Saab 92. After many years with moderate success, the automobile production was sold to General Motors, who did not manage to grow the brand as they had hoped, and they sold Saab to the Dutch super sports car manufacturer Spyker who, under-capitalised and inexperienced in mass manufacturing, led the firm into insolvency in 2011.
The Saab 9-5 saloon was launched in 1997 and the estate appeared in 1999.
Outside major cities, Sweden is a sparsely populated country and so the emergency doctors often have long journeys to reach their patient. For this use the 9-5 estate was fitted as “AKUTBIL” with a huge range of medical equipment to help the Doctor cope with a wide range of emergency procedures.
The model is shaped accurately and the livery authentic and neatly printed. Many parts are small separately inserted ones. The baseplate has some detail. It is fitted with accurate Swedish registration plates.
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