Schuco's small-scale racing transporter wins it for me

07 February 2022
Schuco Mercedes-Benz O317 Renntransporter "Porsche"
Schuco's small-scale racing transporter wins it for me Images

PRICE: £41.99
REF: 45 202 6100
SCALE: 1/64

My relationship with anything to do with historic motorsport from the 1960s has been well-documented amongst these pages, but when it comes to Porsche, I tend to lose all self control. When the company upped its game considerably in the late-'60s, it commissioned three of these wonderful vehicles to transport its beautiful racing sports cars to and from European circuits.

Using a Mercedes-Benz O317 high-floor bus chassis – chosen for the structural integrity of its design and self-supporting construction – one at a time, each of the three was passed to Robert Schenk, whose bodywork company built them up. They were a huge success and were seen around many of the racing circuits of Europe for several decades, passing through various owners' hands in a variety of liveries. But this is how they all looked when built. Two of the three survive and they are truly an incredible vehicle to behold.

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Schuco has already modelled these vehicles in 1/43 and 1/18 scales (it's massive!), but now we have it in 1/64, which pleases me greatly, as I have quite a collection at this scale, which is making a real comeback.

This is still a good-sized model and is beautifully miniaturised, with a marvellous paint job and graphic scheme. The big surprise for me was that I didn't realise that the rear doors would open at this scale – display options aplenty now!

I really love this little beauty, and I'm tempted to get another two!