Created more than 40 years ago with amazing detail, Pocher Classic models have become coveted collectibles for modelers and automobile lovers all over the world. At Model Motorcars, we understand your drive to improve your Pocher experience, bringing you the best catalog of proprietary parts and materials for over 25 years. From all imaginable parts to books, CDs and tools to help you build and customize the car of your dreams, we have you covered. We pride ourselves in providing the best researched, manufactured and finished parts the world over.
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Among the most popular of the Pocher kits, the Mercedes-Benzes offer some of the most modern looking bodywork mounted on the most complex chassis of the classic range. Featuring fully independent front suspension and a complicated swing-axle rear suspension with horizontal compensating springs, the Mercedes kits (K-74,K-80, K89, K90, K91, and K-92, 93, 94) are based on the supercharged five-liter engine that preceded the 540K. By adding a MMLtd. vertical air cleaner and relocating the exotic mechanical fuel pump, Pocher builders can effectively up-grade their 500 engines to the later version, rather the same way that owners of the actual cars did the same thing but without the annoyance of having to bore-out the engine block for greater displacement-though some modelers have probably even done that.
Mounted on top of all of this Mercedes-Benz goodness is one of three bodies: True Roadster, Rumble-seat Roadster, or Cabriolet. A cabriolet features a folding top and was the first of the kits to be offered. The cabriolet was offered originally in black (K-74), later in red (K-80) is an accurate model of chassis No. 130859, the sole remaining example of this design. A True Roadster kit has neither top nor side windows, and is an accurate miniature of chassis No. 105380 which has a forward-mounted radiator.
Bo Hansson of Sweden has taken one of the more mixed breed Rumble-Seat Roadsters-a combination of the front of the cabriolet and a rumble-seat rear section-to exercise his modeling prowess. Because Mercedes-Benz never built a Spezial Roadster with a forward mounted radiator in this style, and because the rear section of the body has been widened to fit Pocher's four-seater chassis, this series of kits offers the builder the widest latitude in modifications-by not conforming to a specific prototype car, the details are really left up to the builder.
Mr. Hanssen has chosen to concentrate on converting the engine to a 540K version with a MMLtd. air-cleaner and by turning his attention to the interior. From door panels to seats, every effort has been made to capture the style and quality of the prototype. The result is a model that has style, and presence, and has made the most of the design elements of the Pocher kit.
With the fuel pump left on the driver's side of the engine, this model captures the look of a late 500K up-graded to 540 specifications. Note weathered firewall, radiator braces, and distributor cap shield.
Before installation, the engine is showing off its high-performance 540K air-cleaner, MMLtd. exhaust flanges and careful finishes.
Here are the makings of improved door cards. Every effort was spent to capture the look of the seminal finishes of the prototype.
With corrected map pocket and modified leather panels, the door is luxurious.
Adding door handles, window cranks, window and hinges makes this door ready to install
With the help of some MMLtd. seat forms, the rest of the intereior promises to live up to the door panels. Hours of labor goes into an interior such as this, but the pleasure of admiring it will last for years.
Each component of the model received similar attention. The hoods fit as intended and the hardware is shined up and nearly installed.
Parked in the shade of its garage, this 500/540 looks ready for some serious cruising
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