Minichamps Mercedes-Benz E-Class S212
Another Wednesday, another Benz wagon, this time it’s the S212 chassis from that was in production from 2009-2016. Gone were the 4 oval lamps of the S210 and S211, now replaced by more angular units. Also gone was the relatively smooth sides of the previous generations in favor of a pair of upward sweeping character lines, and a weird rear fender that was meant to be a throwback to the “Ponton” cars of the 50’s. Fortunately that design only lasted until the mid-cycle refresh. What also didn’t last was the E-class’s identity. While they were obviously a Mercedes, the previous generations had their own distinct styling when compared to the C and S class models, but that distinction ended with the W212 chassis.
The model comes from Minichamps, and it’s something of a mixed bag. Feature wise, it has what you’d expect from the brand; 6 openings, carpeted interior and good paint quality. But the fit of the opening parts is inconsistent, and is not in keeping with the price point of the model. The chrome trim around the windows is not what I would call best in class, and the chromed lower trim is just foil over the body mold. On my KK Scale S123, this was a separate chrome piece. I shouldn’t complain too much, though, as Minichamps would go on to prove that they could cut even more corners at a higher price. Unfortunately, as is often the case in this hobby, if you want the S212, they are the only game in town.