Monday, January 13, 2014

#369 SIKU – AUDI 100 LS and MERCEDES 250/8 (Around 1969)



Welcome to another lazy entry, which will show two more cars made by Siku in the late 60s to the early 80s.

The first model is the Audi 100 (LS) in green. The model is nicely done, and has opening front doors. The model was originally referenced with the code V308 (like mine) when it was released around 1969.
The same car (by Polistil) was shown in this entry.

The second model is the Mercedes 250/8 in red, also very nice, although somehow less surprising than the Audi 100 LS (Audi is a rarer die-cast model than Mercedes). The model also has practicable doors, and was released simultaneously with the previous model, with the reference V309. It was also available in “yellowish green”.




With the change of the reference system in 1975, these models changed its reference to 1019 and 1020. If you notice, on the chassis of the Mercedes both numbers appear, which means, that the model was a re-release made around 1975. There is more about the V-series here.


It is also worth mention, that between an original model from the year 1969 and the re-release of 1975, there was a wheel change. Although the piece is identical, the hubcap print is different. From a 5 radius hubcap, Siku passed to the multi-radius hubcap, which you surely know from other models. In the Mercedes these radius seem to be erased, but the circle and the words “Siku” remain. (It should be the same hubcap as in the grey model in the next picture).


FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: AUDI 100 LS and MERCEDES 250/8 (Nr. V308 and V309 or 1019 and 1020)
  • Scale: Approx 1:64
  • Year: 1969
  • Company: Siku (Germany)
  • Size: Approx. 7 cm.

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