No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That really is a Mercedes S213 E-Class wagon. The wheels? What about the wheels?
For this installment of Wagon Wednesday, we continue with the Mercedes E-Class wagon lineup, this time the “S211” which ran from 2003-20009. The model is from Kyosho, and comes at a time when, much like Norev today, they had the German manufacturer dealer edition game on lock. And then, just like now, there were inconsistencies between the brands. In Kyosho’s case, it was the Mercedes models that lacked full openings. The story goes that Mercedes wanted their dealer models to have a $50 price point. Given that the typical Kyosho was already at or above that price, corners had to be cut.
For the E-class sedan and wagon, that meant that the front doors opened on dog-legs, and the rear doors were sealed. While the model is lacking in features, it at least has the detail level you’d expect of a Kyosho model. Now, about those wheels. Time for another then and now comparison. Kyosho then, like Norev now, didn’t quite get the wheel and tire proportions right. So they had to go, but wheel options in 2004 weren’t like now, and these were Torque Thrust style wheels from GMP were the best fit dimensionally. Plus I like the look of positive offset wheels. Kyosho did attempt right their wrongs with an improved S211. I’m not sure if it was a DE or HE, but it featured a sunroof, leather covered seats, a folding 3rd row, and better looking wheels and tires. And no, they weren’t Torque Thrusts.