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  • Rockets (Corgi) Mercedes-Benz 280SL

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    Much like Matchbox's Superfast series, Corgi jr started a new line called Rockets in response to the overwhelming popularity of Hot Wheels redlines at introduction. Mattel argued in court that Corgi copied them much too closely, and the court agreed, commanding Corgi to cease and desist. The Rockets line lasted less than two years, and produced some remarkable models. Some models were retrofit from the Husky or early Juniors, most models were reconfigured and folded into the Juniors line. A feature unique to the Rockets is a removeable chassis that allows for "adjusting" the wheels.

    Some models are more available than others, and some playsets in particular are especially prized by Rockets collectors, the 007 James Bond and the Wall of Death Stunt sets being only two of the highly prized playsets featuring exclusive models.

    While the Mercedes 280SL isn't particularly uncommon (forgive the double negative), I've been told in the past by seasoned European Rockets collectors that this particular orange chrome was released primarily if not exclusively in the US, making it a good bit harder to find than some of the other color issues.
    The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

  • #2
    What a fantastic example, love that flawless electro-plated finish!

    I only have one Rocket in my collection - the Jensen Interceptor. Nowhere near as nice as yours and no key, but still one of my favourite cars (diecast and full size).
    A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside a Yorkshire pudding.

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    • #3
      what a beauty

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      • #4
        The Mercedes Benz looks great in that color. I recall having a few of the CJ Rockets in my collection at one time, including the Jensen. If I recall they were not the easiest things to find in the stores as well as costing a little more than the regular CJ cars which might have been why I didn't get more of them back then.

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        • #5
          Here is a Jensen and a few other Mercedes

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          And a few other personal favorites

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          The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

          Thank you for your understanding.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jt3 View Post
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            Much like Matchbox's Superfast series, Corgi jr started a new line called Rockets in response to the overwhelming popularity of Hot Wheels redlines at introduction. Mattel argued in court that Corgi copied them much too closely, and the court agreed, commanding Corgi to cease and desist. The Rockets line lasted less than two years, and produced some remarkable models. Some models were retrofit from the Husky or early Juniors, most models were reconfigured and folded into the Juniors line. A feature unique to the Rockets is a removeable chassis that allows for "adjusting" the wheels.

            Some models are more available than others, and some playsets in particular are especially prized by Rockets collectors, the 007 James Bond and the Wall of Death Stunt sets being only two of the highly prized playsets featuring exclusive models.

            While the Mercedes 280SL isn't particularly uncommon (forgive the double negative), I've been told in the past by seasoned European Rockets collectors that this particular orange chrome was released primarily if not exclusively in the US, making it a good bit harder to find than some of the other color issues.
            Ab-so-tootly love this model, but have none in any color. Prices always seem to go way high on eBay. Some day hopefully.
            - Jeff
            Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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