The 1955 CMC Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupé is an iconic masterpiece that epitomizes the golden era of automotive excellence. Crafted with precision and sophistication, this timeless beauty showcases the harmonious fusion of cutting-edge engineering and elegant design. With its distinctive gull-wing doors and sleek aerodynamic body, the 300 SLR Coupé captured the imagination of car enthusiasts around the world.
Underneath its stunning exterior lies a powerful heart, as the 300 SLR Coupé was equipped with a high-performance engine that delivered unparalleled speed and performance. It boasted a 3.0-litre inline-eight engine, capable of producing an impressive 310 horsepower. This remarkable powertrain, combined with its lightweight construction, enabled the 300 SLR Coupé to reach breathtaking speeds on both road and track.
Not only was the 1955 CMC Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupé a marvel of engineering, but it also left an indelible mark on the history of motorsport. It achieved legendary status through its triumph at the Mille Miglia, where Sir Stirling Moss and his co-driver Denis Jenkinson secured a remarkable victory, setting a new record for the race. The 300 SLR Coupé’s unrivalled performance and groundbreaking innovations solidified its place as an automotive icon, forever etched in the annals of automotive history.
If the accolades of the above don’t impress we’re sure the model will! CMC’s execution of the 1:18 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupé is just that good. Why did we spill the beans so early, simple, this is a re-release from CMC’s portfolio from years past. What changes here is little, as CMC continues to provide stellar attention to detail, however, interior wise the model moves from Red to Blue. And if we’re honest, BLUE is preferred!
If the presentation side is your thing, the model comes encased in a lovely leather-like box with the replica of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupé safely held in a styrofoam shell. Inside you’ll find the typical CMC goods of certificate and a uber-cool opening tool (we really like the tool!).
Removing the model from its home is quite simple, free from its shell one can see and appreciate the level of detail, no matter the angle or view the model excels and provides ongoing personal phrases of oohs and aahs. And at the suggested retail of $673 US it better do so.
On the whole, the CMC hit the mark with Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupé, shutlines and panel gaps are exceptional! The overall tone of the car is captured well, bodylines, fit and finish all exceed our expectations… Opening and closing each element of the model is flawless in operation, even the magnets used on the removable panel on the right side offer a solid fit too. CMC even captures the small details of the two connection points here. The paintwork is top-notch as one would expect from CMC – the level of workmanship shows in spades in the numerous photos below. You’ll get an even better appreciation for the car once you transform all the bits from close to open.
Moving to the front end, the chrome work along the oval-shaped opening/grille is executed with care, the 3D emblem is a checkmark too. This is a high-quality piece fitting for this model. The bean-like shaped mesh grille is a prelude to what one can expect underneath the bonnet. Again, inside and out CMC’s definition is layered…
Once inside, one can seriously appreciate why CMC is considered one of the best in the business. The level of detailing is unparalleled with most if not all competitors. These guys are driven by providing the collector with more, and more, a lot more is what CMC offers up! The use of various materials, colours and patience paints a masterpiece in our opinion.
The rear end is much the same. Attention to detail and craftsmanship extends to the simple taillights and chrome work. Our only complaint here, and let us express the only complaint about the replica in its entirety is the slight off-centre position “D” under the 300 SLR script on the bonnet cover.
Inside, you’ll discover a couple of spares and some of the intricate mechanical working fitted centre in between both wheels. This isn’t the most interesting component, what surprises us is the rivet workings on the underside of the bonnet and the centre hinge, truly magic!
In typical CMC fashion, each wheel is fully removable via a single nut. The wheel and tire detail is stellar! The muti-spoke wheels are likely a painstaking task at production and the tires provide the depth and period correct markings throughout. Behind you are treated to the interworkings of the suspension. Do note the suspension is static, or non-functional.
The underside of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupé is surprisingly sealed to view, though the attention to detail remains changed. CMC provides the rivet work and exposes certain elements of the car with care. Even the paint here mirrors the grade of the upper exterior side.
On the interior end, the notable difference from their earlier release is the move from Red to Blue. We prefer Blue as commented on earlier! Opening and closing each door is executed without any challenge with each locking in place for one to admire the interworkings.
Personally, we like the way CMC executes the “leather-like” elements, the creasing and motion of the material add a level of authenticity. A wood-like steering wheel is found as well as a highly detailed dashboard. Seats are covered in a retro fabric and the surrounding backend cover is flocked in Blue. The sum of all the parts is truly an inspiration to see in person. CMC definitely makes the grade here!
It would be a mistake if we didn’t mention the delicate attention to detail in the exterior windows on both driver and passenger sides. CMC does provide us with a fully functional pivoting glass integrated within the larger glass structure. And it works without comprise!
There is no question the CMC Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupé is a brilliant and well-rounded model. The team is driven to provide the collector with the ultimate scale model. The presentation and the model itself are top-notch, a benchmark if you wish to the rest of the community… CMC also captured our award for first place, DiecastSociety.com Model of the Year 2022. As voted by you!
But we would be remiss if we did not note notice the price. At $673 US, this model is out of reach for most. But maybe not… If this model is important to you on any level, then the stretch is worth moving outside your comfort zone. Instead of three or four average pieces, how about investing in one? This is a question for you to decide. What we can say without error, the CMC Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupé is one of the most impressive models to cross our path. And anyone with any tender in the hobby knows “impressive” or “special” is a rarity today… Enjoy the pics!