Friday, December 22, 2017

#889 GUISVAL – MERCEDES 350 SL (1974)


Here are my Mercedes 350 SL made by Guisval. This model is not among my favorites: in my opinion it is quite dull, does not call my attention very much. At the time it was difficult to tell between Mercedes models, because they looked very much like each other, and had boring names, so Mercedes was, also back then, not among my favorite car brands.


Despite this, I had two units of it. A brown one and the purple one, which, needless to say, I liked more. It has Rallye stickers!


The history of this model is the following:

It was premiered in 1974, right away in two versions: standard and police. The police version came in two colours and had a siren in the roof. In 1980, a third version was introduced, with rally stickers and front grill. This version is currently very difficult to find.

1974-79 (from 1977 on with fast wheels)
  • Nr.1 Brown
  • Nr.5 Green/White (Policia or Policia Tráfico)
1980-82
  • Nr.1 Brown
  • Nr.5 Green/White (Policia Tráfico)
  • Nr.54 Light Blue with rally decals (Rallye)
1983
  • Nr.1 Golden
  • Nr.5 Green/White (Policia Tráfico)
  • Nr.54 Light Blue with rally decals (Rallye)
After 1983, it is difficult to say what happened next, due to the lack of catalogues. In 1987 catalogue, it is still available both in Campeon series (without stickers, but still with full interior and suspension) and Campeon Rallye series (same with stickers). The car is depicted in both series in black, but it is known to have been released in several colours, including the purple one in the pictures. Stickers varied from one unit to the other. The model was discontinued probably around 1990, for unknown reasons.





 FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: MERCEDES 350 SL
  • Scale: 1:64 (approx.)
  • Year: 1974 to around 1990
  • Company: Guisval (Spain)
  • Size: approx. 3’’ or 7 cm

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