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Mercedes CL-500 by AutoArt (Mercedes-Benz Exclusiv (Mercedesbenzdiecast)

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Title: Mercedes CL-500 by AutoArt (Mercedes-Benz Exclusiv

Description: By Ivan d. July 2003

Silverarrow1 — December 12, 2008 10:23 AM (GMT)

Mercedes CL-500 by AutoArt (Mercedes-Benz Exclusive model)

The Manufacturer

A year 2000 introduction by Autoart, the only manufacturer of the CL-500 in 1-18 scale. The model comes in a dark gray carton box with a slate stone display base. The reviewed model is crafted in China. Autoart produces it in two colors: silver and black.

The CL600 is produced in white.

The Car

The Mercedes-Benz CL is a true sports coupe with fluid, graceful lines and an aggressive stance. It used to be that full-size Mercedes coupes were basically two-door versions of the company’s flagship sedans. No more.

While this latest-generation CL is based on the S-Class sedan platform, its chassis is heavily revised for coupe duty. And it gets a unique body style. The CL500 Coupe comes standard with a 5.0-liter, 24-valve V-8 engine that delivers 302 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and produces 339 pounds-per-foot of torque at 4,250 rpm.

The CL55 AMG comes standard with AMG-built, 5.5-liter, 24-valve, V-8 engine that delivers an unbelievable 493 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and produces 516 pounds-per-foot of torque at 4,000 rpm. The CL600 Coupe comes standard with a monstrous 5.5-liter, 36-valve, V-12 engine that delivers 493 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and produces 590 pounds-per-foot of torque at 3,500 rpm. Base price begins around #036;90,000.0.

The Model

Autoart’s model is an excellent reproduction of the original CL Class, and one of the best the best in my 100-plus model collection. To put it simply, this is a diecast work of art. The model is very heavy and all proportions seem correct. Chrome trim is right where it is supposed to be. The interiors are nicely detailed with burlwood trim and all dash controls accurately molded and painted (included is a GPS screen, climate control and stereo cassette.

The seats include seatbelt buckles with the release button painted in red (talk about detail#33;).

Mercedes-Benz CL 500 4MATIC Base

Lights are beautifully craftes without visible attachment stubs. Paint is even and smooth and the hidden parts of the body are also painted. Casting seams are cleverly designed to follow body lines, making then barely discernible. All windows are closed but the sunroof has a workable lid#33; The doors open smoothly, with a very realistic looking mechansm.

No dog legs here.

The hood won’t stay open to display the engine, but the level of detail is amazing. The hood has a heat shield molded in its underside and painted in flat black that looks very realistic. Nice touch.

The underside is extremely well reproduced with an amazing level of detail but Autoart did not include a workable suspension.

Closing remarks

AutoArt has also released the CL500 Lorinser Verinser, CL600, CL55 AMG F-1 Safety Car and CL55 AMG versions of the CL Class. The CL by Autoat is not only one of the most remarkable models in my collection. It is an extremely faithful reproduction of the real car.

The only downs were the unmarked tires, a hood that won’t stay open and unsprung suspension. But Autoart makes up for all of that with many other details and a balance that pleases all. See images of my CL Class here.

(updated in July, 2003)

mbc112 — December 12, 2008 01:30 PM (GMT)

Mercedes-Benz CL 500 4MATIC Base
Mercedes-Benz CL 500 4MATIC Base
Mercedes-Benz CL 500 4MATIC Base
Mercedes-Benz CL 500 4MATIC Base
Mercedes-Benz CL 500 4MATIC Base

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