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.
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):
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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