Monday, September 8, 2014

#455 SIKU – PORSCHE 911 (V234 / 1010) and MERCEDES 280 SL (V302 / 1017) (1975)


These are two more German cars produced by Siku in the mid 70s, although they were available in a similar form from the mid to late 60s.


The original Porsche had the reference number V234 and was slightly different to the reedition from 1975, since it was the Porsche 901 model with opening trunk, jewel headlights, plastic taillights and different wheels. This model was available in several colours (blue, capri blue and green) with different interiors until 1969. Then it was discontinued, and over the same base, a few years later the Porsche 911 Targa was built. It was 1975 and the new car would carry the 1010 reference. It sold until 1987, but only in one version: metallic grey with black roof.





The Mercedes has a similar story, since the first version was available between 1969 and 1974 in cream white, and between 1975 until 1984 in metallic grey. The first version could have plastic headlights, or metallic ones, while the second version only had metallic ones. It is also interesting to mention that this mode (both models actually) have practicable doors and the front seats can be moved to the front for more realism.





The Porsche is not in its best shape, but it is still a nice car, and the Mercedes is better, but is missing the practicable part of one of the seats. Maybe I can complete it if I find another one. (I already found a second Mercedes and restored the seat).

To finish the article some pictures of the "Polizei" versión of the Porsche 911. This model is missing an antenna, similar to the antenna of this other Porsche model.





See more Siku models here: http://toysfromthepast.blogspot.com/search/label/Siku
FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: PORSCHE 911 (V234 / 1010) and MERCEDES 280 SL (V302 / 1017)
  • Scale: Approx 1:64
  • Year: 1975 (first issues 1964 and 1969)
  • Company: Siku (Germany)
  • Size: Approx. 7 cm.

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