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.

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


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.


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):

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.

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!)


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,


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


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