About the Car
The Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster was produced from 1957-1963. The chassis code was W198. It was a two-seat sports car capable of reaching 163mph. Based on the 1952 racer, it had a 3L overhead camshaft straight six engine with a 4-speed manual transmission. Max Hoffman, Mercedes’ authorized United States importer, suggested a toned-down Grand Prix car for the post-war American market. A thousand cars were ordered, and the car became the fastest production car of its time. SL stood for “super light”.
About the Brand
Headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany Mercedes-Benz is a German automotive manufacturer. First produced in 1926, they manufacture luxury and commercial vehicles. In 2018 Mercedes sold over 2.31 million passenger cars, the largest seller of premium vehicles. Karl Benz, one of the founders of Mercedes, created the first internal combustion engine for a car.
Mercedes-AMG is high-performance subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz AG. They hire engineers and contract with manufacturers to customize AMG vehicles.
About the Manufacturer
Minichamps was founded in 1990 as a die-cast car producer in Aachen, Germany under the name of Paul’s Model Art GmbH. The original company was the Danhausen, a trade company that made 1:43 scale models and sold them over the counter and mail order. From 1971 to 1993 the company published the famous Danhausen World Model Car Book. Danhausen was owned by the grandsons of Emma Danhausen – Hans Peter and Paul Gunter Lang. There was a dispute between the brothers in the late 1980’s. That is when Paul formed the Paul’s Model Art. Diecast models were made more for the adult clientele and holding their value was a big question that needed to be answered. Minichamps’ excellent quality has been noticed by Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Opel, and BMW.