Mighty Mercedes

So a bit of a special treat to make up for the delay in getting new content out. I made my annual year end purchase at KMJ Diecast, and he's hooked me up solidly with a bunch of cars that I'll never, ever see here in Canada. Let's lead off with the Car Culture Modern Classics Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II:
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II
2017 Car Culture Modern Classics #5

Now that's a lot of OMFBBQ wordage to apply to a model, but we'll let that pass instead of ridiculing it like it was merely a pretentious Lamborghini. And why? Because this is a mighty model of a mighty car.

The lack of  decoration on the roof and sides means that attention can be paid to the details on the front and back. Headlights and grills back to tail lights and emblem markings. Gloss black paint on the metal-on-metal construction, and the classy wheels are the crowning touch.

Another thing that occurs to me while opening a Car Culture car after handling a bunch of Mainlines -- opening a Car Culture car is an experience. The card is a thicker stock, the art is better, the finish on the stock is glossier. Then you crack the blister, and the car slides into your hand with a satisfying heft, the rubber wheels are pleasing in a tactile way, and the paint on the car has a different texture. I understand the urge to keep the cars pristine on their cards, but people who never open cars are genuinely missing something.