Photos CMC Nouvelties Toy Fair Nürnberg 2020/2021
The 25 Years of CMC Classic Model Cars
Finest Precision Models of Classic Automobiles Since 1995
CMC Classic Model Cars has overwhelmed the world of collectors and aficionados of classic automobiles with its precision replicas. The year 2020 is special for the brand, marking the 25th anniversary in launching the development and production of its own high-end scale models.
This success story began with a specialist dealer of scale autos in Stuttgart. Herbert Nickerl, an engineer by profession who was also a keen enthusiast for classic automobiles, and Shuxiao Jia, who came to study management in Germany as a dispatch of the CITIC , jointly ran the business from 1985 onwards, expanding it into a retail-wholesale agent by becoming a general importer of two brands of model cars manufactured in China.
To mark the 25th anniversary of CMC Classic Model Cars, two CMC-made Mercedes-Benz models will be released in addition to a CMC-made Ferrari scale model. One of the anniversary models is the "Black Prince" again, which will be rendered in 1:18 scale instead and assembled from more than 1,300 components. A second anniversary model will be the CMC Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman, together with its exquisite variants, including the landaulet versions with soft tops, which are the icons of the 1960s and 1970s in terms of automotive perfection and luxury. The CMC Pullman models are also built of well over 1,200 individual parts. Finally, in a limited edition of 300 only, a hand-gilded CMC Ferrari replica will conclude the anniversary program on a high note: The CMC Ferrari 275 GTB/C. Itemized as M-210, it is modeled after a racing car from 1966, lavishly coated with 14-carat gold leaf, and sealed with clear lacquer.
The complete company history, a lot of background information and a richly illustrated overview of all CMC models ever offered is contained in the
New models 2020, scale 1/18
The "Black Prince" is considered one of the world's most valuable Mercedes-Benz. Of the 30 SSKs ever built, Chassis 36038 has one of the most interesting stories to tell. It was first delivered to Japan without a body in 1930. From there, the chassis was shipped to Italy, where it got its first body. The new owner Carlo Felice Trossi was a private racer who first used the car in races. Then he decided to have his car outfitted with a low-flow roadster body in the style of the time. Scientific aerodynamics was still in its infancy during the early 1930s. Many of the streamlined vehicles of this era looked sleek but were lacking in any proven dynamic benefits. It can be said that under this fashion of the time, even the design of everyday objects was prone to be streamlined.
Trossi sketched a unique special body that he had in mind on paper.
The dropshaped fenders of all wheels, the pointed rear, and the curved farings between the rear fenders and the rear end are striking. The work was attributed to a British bodybuilder named Willie White, but the sources are sparse. It is certain that Trossi commissioned the body in 1933 and that the SSK was delivered to him the following year. The one-off piece was painted in a deep, shiny black, whose kaleidoscopic reflections make the body look almost enchantingly dreamlike. Today, the original vehicle belongs in one of the most important private collections in the world.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the brand, CMC Classic Model Cars is revisiting the "Black Prince" , making it available in 1:18 scale with the intricate detailing that only CMC can deliver. At the Nuremberg Toy Fair, you will see a hand-form of the spectacular body of the Roadster
CMC Mercedes-Benz Typ SSK 1928 – 1932
M-190 White, Hermann to Leiningen
M-207 Red, Carlos Zatuszek
M-209 "Clear Finish"
Of the six-cylinder compressor sports cars of the Mercedes-Benz S-series, the SSK and SSKL are the most sporty, exclusive and fascinating versions. The SSK, which was first used just four weeks after the launch of the SS type, stands for "SuperSport-Short", underlining its extreme sportiness and a shortened wheelbase (by 45 cm), among others. This makes the SSK predestined for mountain racing, a very popular racing category at the time. Driving a brand new SSK, factory racer Rudolf Caracciola won the well-known Gabelbach race in Thuringia in the summer of 1928 axs well as other important victories. The car also carried him to claim the European Mountain Championships of 1930 and 1931.
Part of the legend of the SSK is that it was both a factory racing car and a customer vehicle. Some racing specifications, such as a more powerful compressor or a racing camshaft, were also available to private customers, while others were reserved for factory racing cars. It was not uncommon for private owners of an SSK to take part in races at weekends and use their two-seaters on weekdays as a means of transport in everyday life. Undoubtedly, the SSK was the ultimate supercar of its time.
The Mercedes-Benz compressor sports car was initially developed under the leadership of Ferdinand Porsche, and it first took the shape of a touring car in 1926 with increased engine power and a shortened wheelbase, later known as the Model K. The letter did not stand for the compressor, but for "short", namely, the shortened design for racing operations. It was preceded by the type designatio S (Sport) in 1927 and the SS (Super-Sport) in 1928. In mid-1928, Mercedes-Benz engineers shortened the Type S chassis to a wheelbase of 2950 millimeters and equipped the chassis with the new 7.1-litre SS compressor engine. This created the Type SSK (Super-Sport-Short), whose powerplant coupled with the compressor generated 200 hp. After Rudolf Caracciola won several important mountain climbing races of the 1928 season, the factory decided to produce a small series of the SSK, which was initially meant to serve only as a factory racing car. From October 1928 it was included in the official sales program. By 1929, the power had been increased to 250 hp, whereas the racing touring cars of the factory team provided up to 300 hp with a larger compressor. In total, fewer than 30 customer SKs were produced, and it was one of the most exclusive Mercedes-Benz ever. Unlike the SSK, the SSKL was never part of the sales program; it was exclusively available to the Mercedes-Benz factory team.
CMC Mercedes-Benz Typ SSKL 1931
M-055 Mille Miglia 1931, # 87
M-188 GP Deutschland 1931, # 10, Limited Edition 800
M-189 GP Deutschland 1931, # 12, Limited Edition 800
The SSKL 1931 constituted the last stage of development for the compressor racing cars from Mercedes-Benz. Under the impact of a worldwide economic crisis, further development of racecars ground to a stop, and funding of the existing racecars was quickly exhausted. Using a large-volume compressor and known as "elephant" internally, the six-cylinder racing cars was now capable of yielding 300 hp. To reduce the vehicle weight, holes were drilled on the frame of the SSK chassis. This is how the new type SSKL (Super Sport Short Light) was created. On April 12/13, 1931, the new racing car was used for its first time at the Mille Miglia. Compared to the SSK, it was about 125 kg lighter, and the engine power was increased by 50 hp. Rudolf Caracciola, the most successful racing driver of his time, won a sensational victory in his SSKL. The first-time win in this legendary endurance race would be followed by more victories in the 1931 season. The drama was repeated at the "Große Preis of Deutschland" on July 19. In retrospect, Mercedes-Benz had carefully prepared for this race under the direction of race director Alfred Neubauer. The training program included, among other things, tire changes with a newly-devised jack as well as practices of refueling process to minimize possible downtimes. As a result, the drivers, together with the mechanics, were able to change a tyre in just 70 seconds.
CMC Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman, 1963–1981
M-200 Pullman Limousine
M-204 Pullman Limousine with Sliding Roof
M-205 Pullman Landaulet
M-215 Pullman Saloon "White Swan", Limited Edition 800
M-216 Pullman Limousine "Red Baron", Limited Edition 800
M-217 Pullman Landaulet sand beige/brown, Limited Edition 800
M-218 Pullman Limousine with Sliding "King of Rock’n Roll“, Limited Edition 800
At the 1963 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, the Mercedes-Benz 600 appeared to be on such a cutting edge of technology that it took breath out of experts. In the development of the 600 Pullman, the goal was to come up with a car that went beyond what seemed technically feasible. It testified to a motto that proved inspiring back then and perhaps remains so even today: "Be the best or nothing." The 600 was not only unparalleled in technical terms, but also the fastest-running sedan of the time despite its size and weight. In the early sales documents, the car was called "der Große Mercedes" (the Grand Mercedes), a moniker originally used for the Mercedes-Benz Type 770, which stood out as a gem from the vehicles of the 1930s.
The car with the internal factory code W 100 was built in two basic versions: a 4/5-seater saloon with a short wheelbase (3,200 mm) and a 6-/7-seater Pullman with a long wheelbase (3,900 mm) and a cabin partitioned off by a divider panel. There were two types of Pullman limousines, too: the 4-door edition with two middle single seats facing the rear fund bench that had a middle folding armrest, and the 6-door edition with two middle folding seats facing forward and a rear fund bench with a middle folding armrest.
Based on the Pullman versions, open-top landaulets with a soft top over the rear passengers were offered from 1965 onward. Until the end of production in 1981, the series remained virtually unchanged on the outside. CMC provides three Pullman versions in miniature: the 6-door limousines with a close-top and a sliding roof respectively and the elegant 6-door landaulet with a soft top.
Further versions oft he CMC Ferrari 275 GTB/C coming soon, amongst them itemized as M-223 the first CMC 1/18 Scale model with a finecasted copper alloy body.
New model 2020, scale 1/12
The original vehicle was one of a kind. Its unique body was built in 1938, specifically for racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Alfa Romeo eventually took the form of an aerodynamically-shaped, close-top Berlinetta built of lightweight aluminium as the Superleggera principle patented by the coachbuilder Touring prescribed. A performance-enhanced eight-cylinder in-line engine with a maximum output of 220 hp plus the specific equipment for long-distance racing completed this project. However, a tyre damage after an initial lead in the race dashed the hopes of a victory.
After a few changes of ownership, the 8C 2900B is now on display in the Museo storico Alfa Romeo, the factory museum in Arese. It has been restored to its original condition with a dark red livery, which makes the vehicle a shiny gem.
Anniversary items 2020 - 25 years of CMC Classic Model Cars
S-011 Key fob leather-style with decorative stitching, SRP € 25.-
S-012 Woven key fob, SRP € 25.-
S-013 Collector’s medal in classic grill badge style Ø 95 mm, SRP € 28.-
S-014 Gold-plated anniversary coin Ø 60 mm CMC 25 Years, SRP € 25.-