German Sports Cars 85 Years Apart – Two Acquisitions from B&G and BMW

by Harvey Goranson

 

Mikhail Bashmashnikov has just introduced a new resin model in the B&G Euroline series, No. EL-5, a 1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK with a boattail body by Murphy. Now that I have my own, I was able to make better pictures than I could at Countryside last month.

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Around 3 dozen or so SSKs were ever built, and the few remaining ones command multi-million dollar prices on the rare occasions one sells. Harold Ishman acquired SSK Chassis 36248 and contracted Murphy of Pasadena to provide a speedster body for it. The car, now restored in maroon, is in the collection of Arturo and Deborah Keller.

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This shot shows the excellent detail on the grille. Check out the tire tread pattern and the tiny steering arm.

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The B&G model in maroon is an LE of 130. Later, an earlier white version is to be offered. With this model you get six beautiful wire wheels.

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A nice touch is the California plate. Even the tailpipe mount is done well.  All the dashboard details are there.

Now fast forward to 2014 (model year 2015):

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Got $140K to spend for a hybrid gasoline-electric car that goes 0-60 in 4.4 seconds? Then BMW’s i8 is the car for you. The engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder.

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This is offered as BMW part No. 80 42 2 336 838. I chose Protonic Blue (also available in white or silver – yawn). BMW’s diecast shows no evidence of the manufacturer, if I were to guess, I’d say Maisto or Ixo. Diecast with plastic details, and very well done, though side marker lights were missed (and costs less than 10% of the SSK!)

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Here’s the real thing, a picture I took in Knoxville in October 2014 (probably the first in town). Note that the wheels are different from the diecast.

 


Editor’s note:  The i8 is not too common in the US, but I did just see this white one in Charleston in February,

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And back in 2014, there was this dark grey one at the Indianapolis Auto Show.

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