1:18 CMC Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Mille Miglia Review

The 1:18 CMC Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Mille Miglia is a special model-tribute to the iconic car of the 1950s. As the model is made by CMC it is oozing amazing details from every possible corner. There are so many of them that there’s just no way to cover them all. Still, we’ll give it a shot.

Everything about the Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Mille Miglia is connected with automotive history. The car was designed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut and it was made specifically for racing. It had a 3-liter 8-cylinder engine with 310 hp and an impressive for the time 318 Nm of torque.

Every aspect of the cart was made to improve speed and aerodynamics. Even the engine was canted at a 33-degree angle for a lower profile. They used air brakes and various other rarities for the time.

It was exactly on the 1955 Mile Miglia race where the 300SLR used the classic two-seater configuration. During the other races a passenger wasn’t needed so the seat was covered. It was this race that Stirling Moss won. His car had the number 722 and this is a prominent feature on the CMC model as well.

And since we’re talking about it, let’s check it out, shall we? The images a courtesy of mdiecast.com.

We start as usual – with the exterior. The model is so beautifully crafted it’s unbelievable. All the shapes and lines are smooth and perfectly crafted. The paint is brilliant with no orange peel or other artifacts.

Around the back it is a similar story. The shapes, panel gaps, decals… Everything is top notch. But the real magic of this model begins when you take a closer look at it.

Let’s start with the simple stuff. Like the headlights and grilles. The headlights are simple but very detailed with visible bulbs and reflector glass. The grilles are amazing. They are as small as possible and completely real. There’s no plastic here.

There are even tiny photo-etched grilles at the airscoops. And yes, each of those rivets is real and a separate piece, not just a painted blob.

Also take a look at those exhaust pipes. They look fantastic. You’ve also probably noted the hole to the right. Well there’s a removable panel there that’s held in place by a couple of tiny magnets.

Next it’s the interior. It looks simple but that’s just because of the age of the actual car. In fact there are lots of tiny details. The realistic looking wheel, the superb dashboard and more. The seats are covered with real cloth and the floors are carpeted. The small box on the seat is Moss’s co-pilot Jenkinson’s road roller map.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg. The 1:18 CMC Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Mille Miglia has a lot more to offer.
We waste no time and we dive in straight into the more intricate details of the model.

The rest of the interior panels are wrapped in genuine blue leather. And just take a look at those details that would normally just be hidden under the door so most manufacturers would never put them.

Next the engine bay. Look at it. Go on, take a look. It’s stunning isn’t it? It’s hard to believe that it doesn’t actually work as it seems to have everything needed. And it does. Honestly, the level of details is spectacular.

But that’s not all. Check out the trunk of the 1:18 CMC Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Mille Miglia. It has two tires in it that are ready for use. The scoops are on realistic hinges and open with no issues.

Included with the model is a tiny screwdriver that you can use to disassemble it. And believe us you will want to do that to some extent. Why? Because you will be able to see some amazing details. Honestly it feels like a shame to have them hidden away under the beautiful diecast body.

First the simple stuff. You can remove the wheels for example. This way you will see the realistic suspension.

Also here are some other components that you can take a closer look at. Like the front axel for example.

Or the rear one complete with the fuel tank, frame and wiring.

Under the fuel tank is the gear box and differential.

All of these great details will stay hidden though as the model features a completely flat underside. It is made out of metal and follows closely the real car of course. There are even some tiny metal grilles here and there.

In the end the 1:18 CMC Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Mille Miglia is a truly fantastic model. Granted, it is in the high range market and costs quite a lot (around $280-$320 depending on the store) but it does bring the proper level of quality.

After all it is a model made out of more than 1500 parts and it is completely hand-built. It will look fantastic in your diecast shelf and it will certainly become one of the major centerpieces of your collection.