Schuco Piccolo Mercedes-Benz 2.5 L Grand Prix Car Models
Vintage Schuco Piccolo Mercedes Benz 2,5L.
Initiated in 1957, this particular model was built between 1964 and 1969 as it is marked "Western Germany".
It is in original condition but there is age determined degradation to the paint work.
It doesn't look to have been played with but more that it has suffered from handling.
The steering wheel is broken but for US$ 10.00 we will supply the buyer of this model a complete current issue 703 which will give him / her a steering wheel as well as a box.
It sports starting number "3".
Quality Rating: VG / F
Scale: ca. 1/90
Length: 49 mm / 1.85 inch
Weight: 32 grams
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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 2.5L Grand Prix Car in Drawer Box Scale Model.
This is one of the series of three that were the first Piccolos to be re-issued by the revived Schuco company and dates back to November 1994.
It is a re-issue of the Mercedes Benz Stromlinien and comes in a luxurious silver box with an "etched" picture of the real car.
Being the first re-issue, the paint is a lot "rougher" than later issues and the model does not yet carry a race number.
The model was made for the Daimler Benz Museum and it was really this small series that "set off" the renewed interest in Piccolo's.
It was a limited edition of only 2,000 pcs.
Length: 48 mm / 1.88 inch
Schuco Piccolo Mercedes Benz 2.5L Grand Prix Car in Drawer Box Scale Model
Schuco Piccolo Mercedes Benz 2.5L Grand Prix Car Key Chain.
This special key-chain of the 2.5L race car dates back to March 1996 and was the third version of this model after the first crude attempts for the Mercedes museum and regular version.
As mentioned, it is a key-chain and comes in a velvet-like pouch which in turn is packed in a "top-hat box" with the Schuco logo in red on the lid. The pouch has the Schuco logo printed on it in gold-print.
It was a limited edition of 2,000 pcs. destined for the specialist toy trade.
Schuco Piccolo Mercedes Benz 2.5L Grand Prix Car Formel 3 Scale Model.
This is the 1998 special, made for the specialist trade and "Formel 3" magazine and issued in July 1998.
This is a limited edition of 3,000 pcs.
Schuco Piccolo Mercedes Benz 2.5L Grand Prix Car Formel 3 Scale Model
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