Hot Sixty 4th: This Pig went to the racing track

The legend of the 'Red Pig' lives on (hotsixty4th Mercedes number35)

Welcome to Hot Sixty 4th where I showcase DLM 1/64 and smaller and sometimes slightly larger. I first saw this in Youtube and i was impressed with the look of this classic Mercedes. Then when the person called it the ' Red Pig' this got me curious as well so for my 119th post In Drivetribe and 365th total post I bring you the Mercedes Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG by Hot Wheels under their Car Culture Deutschland series.

Number 4 of a 5 car set, I was surprised that Mattel did not put this at number 5 as that is usually where a new casting is assigned. I tried to look for this and the VW T1 panel bus but only managed to find this and the BMW M3.

SO HOW DID THE 'RED PIG' NAME GOT STARTED

With credit from Motor1.com, it all started when a customer went to AMG which was founded by former Mercedes engineers and made a rather unusual request. He wanted to take his 1970 or 71 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL racing. Having a 6.3-liter, V-8 with 250 hp, it was already a fast car at that time. The engineers made some changes to the engine, added aluminum doors to helped reduce the weight, but left its rear seats and wood trim. The track was widened to increase the cars footprint and increase grip. Flared arches then needed to be grafted onto the SEL in order to cover the new racing tires that protruded. It was also the first racing car to wear the AMG acronym.

In 1971 when it rumbled into the Spa paddock for the first time, people pointed and laughed. It quickly earned the nickname of 'Red Pig' due to its ungainly looks. Sat against its sleeker race-bred competitors the SEL appeared to resemble Frankenstein’s monster.

Here is a comparison between the Hot Wheels and the actual car.

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borrowed from the web

borrowed from the web

borrowed from Robreport website

borrowed from Robreport website

borrowed from Robreport website

borrowed from Robreport website

The Hot Wheels is pretty close to the actual car specially the front. There are some subtle differences but the most obvious ones are the tampo on the sponsors specially the front side where the 'SECA' was replaced with 'Hot Wheels' tampo. The 'SECA' name is also missing on the rear which makes me think that Mattel was not able to get the license from SECA and other missing sponsors.

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE REAL CAR

Again with credit from Motor1.com, what became of the Red Pig? Sadly after its racing career the 300 SEL was then sold to an aircraft company. As one of the fastest cars in the world it was perfect for testing landing gear at speed by dropping it though holes cut into the floor. It didn’t take long for the fabled racing car to become a total wreck. However in 2006, based on the original plans the Red Pig was rebuilt as close to the original.

And so the legend lives on and Mattel gave us the opportunity to own one.

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