Race cars were simple looking in the 1930s compared with today's rear-engine winged creatures. But the W25's body was streamlined and smooth. CMC's body is a stellar recreation in its silky smooth silver paint job and Fagioli's bright red No. 4 twice on both sides. The body panels also feature visible bolts that would hold the panels on the real racer.
I love the six nifty C-hooks that attach the one-piece vented hood. These are fully functional to allow owners to display the model as it raced, or with the good off to reveal the well detailed, but simple looking inline 8-cylinder engine, complete with wiring.
Detail is what makes any CMC stand out and here there are the usual highly detailed wire wheels with tiny valve stems. Plus the body has multiple vented grille work designed to cool the engine and brakes. Plus the front grille is nicely executed and includes the white and blue Mercedes logo and a red No. 4 atop the nose.
Just behind the cockpit is a gas cap cover that opens and belowe are narrow treaded Continental Ballon tires. The W25's interior is simple, but includes a gray cloth seat with brown headrest and wood-look 4-spoke wheel with the Mercedes logo on the hub. This has a metal dash too with realistic gauges, shifter and other accurate knobs and dials.
Complimenting the dash is Mercedes tiny windshield, common in the 1930s, and a small rearview mirror on the car's left side.
CMC models are not for every collector. These are top-end models for the serious collector, the racing history buff, and most likely the boomer who has some extra disposable income.Fast Stats
: 1935 Mercedes Benz W25 GP MonacoMaker:
4.5 stars out of 5
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