• Aug 1, 2013
Mercedes-Benz takes its all-new S-Class quite seriously, even by German standards. So it shouldn't come as a shock that even a scale-model Sonderklasse is carefully crafted. The miniatures in question cover the 2014 S-Class and come courtesy of three brands, in three different sizes, and are available through the Mercedes-Benz Collection.

The largest, and not surprisingly priciest, model is a 1:18-scale (making it about 11.4 inches long) creation from Norev. It features 145 individual parts, with opening and closing doors, trunk, and hood. For those that like to play with their expensive toys, the Norev S-Class comes with gloves. Dropping down the line is a 1:43-scale from Schuco that sits at 4.5 inches long. Like the larger model, it has a sunroof, detailed headlights, and multi-spoke wheels. With 55 parts, the doors, hood, and trunk can't be manipulated, but it does come on a stylish plinth, with a case. The smallest model is by Herpa, and is a tiny 1:87-scale (about 2.3 inches long) miniature. Only 26 parts are used, but like the Schuco, it comes on a plinth and with a case.

All three models come with a choice of three paints, with Diamond White Metallic available across the range. The Norev model adds Blue Anthracite and Iridium Silver, while the Schuco can be had in Diamond Silver and Magnetite Black. The Herpa, meanwhile, runs a mix of the two, with Blue Anthracite and Magnetite Black.

Pricing is only available in euros, and includes Germany's 19-percent value added tax. The Norev is 79.90 euros ($106.06), the Schuco is 29.90 euros ($39.69) and the Herpa is 15.90 euros ($21.11, all conversions are today's rates.) Scroll down below for a press release from Mercedes.
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The new S-Class in model car form: The S-Class excels on a small scale too

Stuttgart. Perfection down to the finest detail is one of the many trend-setting qualities of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. And it is a standard which is also met by the high-quality miniatures now available as part of the Mercedes-Benz Collection in scales of 1:87, 1:43 and 1:18. Created in conjunction with renowned manufacturers Herpa, Schuco and Norev, the collectors' models are initially available exclusively from Mercedes sales and service outlets and Mercedes dealerships, the Mercedes Museum and also the online shop.

The S-Class in a scale of 1:18 has been assembled by hand by Norev from more than 145 individual parts. The model is based on the S 500 with long wheelbase and measures around 29 centimetres. Its equipment highlights include a panoramic sliding sunroof, LED Intelligent Light System and also multi-spoke light-alloy wheels. The doors, bonnet and boot lid can all be opened. The interior features a high-quality printed finish and all interior details have been faithfully reproduced. With a First-Class rear suite, folding table and Individual Entertainment System with screens in the rear, the S 500 is luxuriously appointed. The model car is available in blue anthracite, iridium silver and diamond white metallic BRIGHT for 79.90 euros[1]. Gloves are also included.

The 1:43-scale S-Class from Schuco is also based on an S 500 with long wheelbase and also a panoramic sliding sunroof, LED Intelligent Light System, multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, First-Class rear suite and Individual Entertainment System in the rear. Measuring around twelve centimetres in length, the hand-assembled model comprises more than 55 individual parts. It is available in the paint finishes diamond silver, diamond white metallic BRIGHT and magnetite black. All of the interior details have been faithfully reproduced and the interior features high-quality printing. The Schuco model comes mounted on a printed plinth in a presentation case and costs 29.90 euros.

The S-Class from Herpa produced in a scale of 1:87 is available in blue anthracite, diamond white metallic BRIGHT and magnetite black. Measuring around 5.8 centimetres, the model car comprises more than 26 individual parts and also features a high-quality, highly detailed interior. This collectors' piece also comes with a printed plinth and presentation case. Price: 15.90 euros.

[1] All prices are recommended retail prices for Germany including 19% VAT

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      • 1 Year Ago
      We put an S-class in your S-class so you can drive luxury, while you drive luxury.
      • 1 Year Ago
      All three seem to be of great detail from where I'm sitting, but I would pass on the Herpa. 1:87 is HO-scale, meaning it's suitable for railroad layouts. My size limit it 1:72. What the article fails to mention, however, is why the prices are so high. Especially for a Norev, which is basically a Hot Wheels/Matchbox-grade product. Mercedes and its sister brands Smart, Maybach, and Freightliner, now require a holographic image placed on the packaging as part of its licensing agreement, thus driving up the price. Several diecast brands, including Hot Wheels and Matchbox, have refused to give in to Daimler's demands and have dropped those items from their lineup until Daimler changes their minds, and that won't be happening for a while. I'll likely buy either or both of the larger models, perhaps on EBay.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish Tesla offered these
        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        The Tesla Roadster had an R/C version. Also runs on batteries.
      john david
      • 1 Year Ago
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      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is this news? Why not cover any other of the million model cars (aside from the daft Automoblox)?
        • 1 Year Ago
        Lighten up. It's a great diversion from the daily routine.
      • 1 Year Ago
      All told I have close to 2,000 scale model cars, from teeny tiny Golubs less than an inch long to 1:18s. None of them were "pricey" ones, but 99% are stock, production type cars. I like to buy mini cars of real cars I'd have in my driveway. Someday I'll be able to display them all but for now a few hundred are here and there around the apartment and the rest are in cartons in the attic. I wouldn't mind any of these three but they're too expensive.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I finally bit the bullet and bought a batch of the Galoob Micro Machines a few months ago. It was the Meyers Manx Dune Buggy that won me over. " I like to buy mini cars of real cars I'd have in my driveway. " That's the best part of it all. I can talk about all the Rolls and Bentleys I own. Once people discover I'm talking about my models, everyone has a good laugh about it, except for the few hotheads who hate the fact that I have a toy Rolls and they don't.
      • 1 Year Ago
      look, a mercedes i can afford :)
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought they meant it literally just by reading the title and looking at the picture, and then I read the article and they did. lol
      • 1 Year Ago
      K. Verify this for accuracy. As I recall, PMD (Pontiac Motor Division) was working on these very technologies way back in 1985 to display them for their same year Pontiac Transport van.
      Justin B.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I stopped collecting diecast cars because of the horrible Chinese ZAMAC these companies use nowadays. At minimum you get microbubbling of the paint and at the extreme end you get metal that actually starts to degrade which is known as zinc pest. My recommendation is to buy resin whenever possible.
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