Schuco Piccolo Mercedes-Benz 1936 Grand Prix Car Models
Schuco Piccolo Hendrix Set.
The Hendrix Set was a significant step in the history of the Piccolo's. After the bankruptcy of Schuco in 1976, only Werner Nutz, who had bought some of the moulds, attempted to re-issue Piccolo's but he died before he could get the production really off the ground.
In 1992, the Hendrix Company commissioned a set of Piccolo replica's to be made. This is the set that ultimately would become known as the "Hendrix Set".
It was basically this initiative that triggered the true re-issues by Schuco a mere 2 years later.
As far as can be traced back now, these were true "replica's" and not "re-issues" as the models were not made with the consent of Gama, than owner's of the Schuco Trademark. Nowhere on the box or on the models does it mention "Schuco" but the models are referred to as Piccolo's.
The original bottom plate of the models was robbed of all original markings which were replaced by a plain "Hendrix" script.
It is rumored that the molds in which the models were cast were made as plain copies of vintage models.
The sets are individually numbered and not more than 500 were made.
As with all "recognized fakes" this set is now also appreciating in value quickly and not easy to find.
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Schuco Piccolo Hendrix Set
Schuco Piccolo Mercedes Benz 1936 GP Car, Langenburg Classic.
Issued in February 2001, this model was made as a promo for the "Langenburg Classic", a veteran car rally in Germany.
It is a 1936 race car in silver metallic with special green print and detailing.
Limited edition of 3,000 pcs.
Scale: ca. 1/90
Length: 48 mm / 1.88 inch
Weight: 30 grams
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