4 x Samples of Corgi Mercedes 300SL, as pictured in The Great Book of Corgi. Extremely scarce items from the personal property of Marcel Van Cleemput! Unique and original items.
This item is no longer for sale, price for reference only.
Four original sample models of the Mercedes 300SL from the personal property of Marcel Van Cleemput, chief designer for Corgi (1954-83). Planned for release into Woolworths but never actually put into production, these samples are extremely scarce! Each Mercedes is made of a very simple casting and each is 5ins (13cms) in length. A little piece of Corgi history, these samples were made during 1959 and were intended to retail for 1/6d. They are basic models with one piece moulding finished in bright colours; indeed, their design could not have been more simple:
Basic but instantly recognizable as Mercedes with the three pointed star clearly cast. The wheels are one-piece high density polythene, pushed over pre-headed axles. Condition ranges from excellent-very near mint, these sample models are in all original condition with only the occasional little mark to the shiny paint finish.
Charming and so scarce – this is a little piece of early Corgi history. Unique and authentic items.