Mercedes-Benz 300SEL AMG 6.8 (1971 Paul Ricard 12 Hours) - 1:43 Scale Diecast Model Car
In 1971, specialty Mercedes-Benz engine tuners AMG unleashed a beast upon the world: the AMG 300SEL 6.8. First nicknamed the "Red Pig" in honor of its florid paint, the massive 6.8 shocked the European racing world by winning its class and taking second place overall in the 1971 24 Hours of Spa over a field of smaller, ostensibly more capable sports racers while still retaining its luxurious, burled-wood interior trim. Not content to rest on a single race's success, the Red Pig turned silver for the 1971 running of the 12 Hours of Paul Ricard, again scoring a high finish against the more conventional Ford Capris and Alfa Romeo GTVs of the day. The results of the AMG 6.8's racing efforts reverberate to this day: the tuning company's reputation for cranking out massively powerful, incredibly capable luxury sedans would lead to the firm's eventual acquisition by Daimler AG. The 300SEL 6.8's important status in AMG history is honored by Minichamps' beautiful 1:43-scale diecast replica of the silver Paul Ricard entry. It features a substantial metal body that features incredibly accurate sponsorship decals, as well as a fanatically rendered interior that captures the luxury and functionality of the real car.
SPECIFICATIONS: 1:43 scale (approximately four inches in length). Diecast metal body, no opening parts. Fixed-position steering. Comes with acrylic dust cover and display base. Limited edition of 504 pieces worldwide.
PERFECT FOR: Mercedes-Benz model collectors with an eye for rare and unusual models. AMG owners. Touring car racing historians.