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I started the cross reference of this casting thread with other listed reference links today. If any (?) remains they are referenced that way. In the mean time, feel free to add your own images, stories, information and experiences with this casting in your own thread posts as we go along.

The Mercedes-Benz 280 SL casting version was designed by Ira Gilford and based on the same named 1968 German made 1:1 model. It was distributed for 2 years in the main casting line up as a California Custom Miniature and is one of several European based luxury models included for this year.

Produced at the HK factory only, it comes with a blue tinted windshield.

The body design features an opening hood over a detailed in line 6 cylinder engine with the signature pagoda style hard top roof in place and three tri-star MB logos on the grill, hood and trunk deck.

Interiors with bucket seats, a large dashboard and an integrated steering wheel were issued in both white and dark versions.

The front bumper and grill are part of the base casting design and it has the standard 4 openings in the base for the torsion bar suspension mounting points. Base details include an oil pan, transmission, drive shaft, rear differential and axles. Two lower A-arms are visible at the front and a gas tank at the rear. A larger single exhaust system runs from the front to the back and a spare tire well can be seen next to the gas tank. An enclosed structure covers the drive shaft under the passenger area and two other details are shown between the rear axles and gas tank. The lower rear panel and bumper are also part of the base and features two large international red (orange) painted tail lights on early production runs. And red painted tail lights on late production run models.

Seven of the eight production Spectraflame paint colored models came with or without a flat black painted roof. Painted roof models have the black paint along the rear window glass and B pillars as well. Of the (8) known Spectraflame paint colors used for the non painted roof models they range from the most common colors of Aqua, Blue, Green, Red, Orange, Purple, Olive and Copper as the rarest color used. The order of rarity varies though when a black painted roof is included to be - Green, Aqua, Copper, Olive, Blue, Red and Purple with no Orange versions.

A Spectraflame Antifreeze with a clear windshield and Gold painted prototype with a dark tinted window are known along with a bare metal zamac bodied casting. Another known prototype in light blue spectraflame paint with a clear window and a light cream/white interior.

All early run cars are fitted with medium sized Type 1 style wheels and late run castings with capped style wheels. The later capped wheels correspond with the red color painted tail lights.

Each casting was issued with a HK design metal collector button with a dark orange car image on an orange background. Only smooth tabbed buttons are known to date.

One resouce site states black roofed models were only distributed in the Eurpean markets (?)

This casting was re-released in 1973 with a few base revisions and enamel paint colors.

Referenced resources -

The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
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