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.
We are very excited to inform you that Model Motorcars has purchased the brand name and inventory of Scale Hardware, a company specialized in miniature nuts, bolts, rivets, fasteners, etc., which serviced hobbyists and miniature machinists globally for over 20 years. We believe this will be a great addition to our already vast line-up, as the Pocher community continues to evolve into super-detailing our beloved Pochers to new heights!
A new web site is being constructed, which will feature all the fantastic Scale Hardware products,
as well as photos of many great models built using them. As it is our tradition, we will also have a Scale Hardware International Museum.
In the meantime, most products are already included in our Hardware Store, which services the Pocher community globally.
We bring you instruction manuals, thousands of model and prototype pictures, build logbooks, hard to find essential tools and materials to achieve the level of quality and satisfaction you are striving for. We are no further from your shop than an email away, and we are always happy to share what we have learned.
Of all the Pocher kits, the Mercedes-Benz 500K has led to the most confusion. The box top describes the car as a 500 K/AK, a designation that differs from the conventional Mercedes nomenclature just enough to cause debate. According to Jan Melin’s authoritative Mercedes-Benz 8: the supercharged 8-cylinder cars of the 1930’s , chassis 130859 was a special ordered Sindelfingen cabriolet A body with V’ed windshield. The RM Auction catalog for their London sale in October 2007 states that the car was originally ordered by Arturo Lopez on 4 March 1936, and “Its subsequent history is not known until it was acquired by the Ecclestone Collection in June of 1995.” Of course Pocher enthusiasts know better, in that the kit has been around since the seventies, and the car was widely believed to be in an Italian collection. Ironically, more enthusiasts may be aware of the car because of the Pocher connection than were aware that it belonged to Bernie Ecclestone the Formula One impresario. In any event, trying to track down this car before Mr. Melin’s book was a study in frustration and has led to all sorts of side stories, none more tantalizing than the description in the Pocher instruction manual that speaks of a 7-liter engine. The auction description—a description that demands a certain degree of accuracy—lists the car with a matching engine (#130859) that displaces 5.0 liters and of conventional mechanical specifications. The car sold for $1,449,844.
This handsome model built by Roger Antrobus has faithfully followed the Pocher instructions to produce an alternative appearance for #130859. Even Pocher experimented with colors (the car was available in later years in a red version) so this silver and tan version is in good company. The prototype’s tan wire wheels have been changed to ‘bright’ or polished finish, and the bright red interior is a treat to see. The prototype was auctioned with wide whitewall tires—they must have been admiring the Pocher box top—but this model version uses the more traditional blackwall tires.
Neatly done engine details, meticulous upholstery, wood interior trim, and MMLtd. details make the model a stand out.
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