1951 Kolner, Cut-away Demo Prameta Mercedes In Orig. Box For Sale
Kolner (British Zone, Germany), Cut-Away Prameta Mercedes Benz 300 in
Prameta series of clockwork wind-up autos were produced by Kolner,
British Zone, Germany from c.1947 through 1954. This included a
Mercedes, Opel, Jaguar and Buick. They were made of die cast metal,
built solid, and exceedingly well engineered.
Kohler also produced a limited
number of display cut-away
versions of the toy. These were identical in size, shape, and function
to the complete toy, with almost half of the entire exterior body
removed. A straight horizontal centered cut reveals the hidden
quality and complexity that went into its design.
Yet despite the cut-away section everything works exactly as it would
on an intact
example. And it does work great!
This particular cut-away is bolted
to its original die cast painted metal base. Frequently they're found
loose. However, it's the first cut-away I've seen still in its original
box...with original instructions, original key, and more.
Kolner produced their car in several colors like black,
green, red, blue, and yellow. However, as in this case some of the most
beautiful (and desirable) examples were chrome plated with blue tinted
only problem with the plated version is frequently after nearly 60
years the finish tends not to "age" very well. They can develop a rough
surface and flake down to the base metal. It's getting tougher to find
one without these problems. Possibly because it remained in the box,
this toy has none of the plating issues normally found. Only spotty,
faint dulling can be seen when the surface is tilted. It's perfectly
smooth and can't be detected by touch. I've graded it near mint+.
Storage inside the box would also explain how the tri-star Mercedes
plastic hood ornament survived. Nearly every Prameta Mercedes I've seen
has its hood ornament broken off and missing. This one is complete.
Most likely these toys were manufactured as sales demonstration
samples. This would also explain why so few are found today. Being a
sales demo model also explains why an unusual solid black metal Mercedes trademark tri-star stick pin was found inside the
box. It was probably part of the original sales
kit. It's only the second example I've seen.
Also included a very detailed double sided "instruction" sheet. It's
different from those I've previously seen in terms of the amount of
information provided. It intricately describes all functions, routine
directions all in English. Typically these sheets are printed in
English, French, and German.
And of course, also included is its unique three dimensional die cast
metal policeman key which is highly sought after all by itself. A hole
through the center of the base permits winding even when the car is
The two piece pressed paper box is marked only "section model" with a small applied label in three languages on the cover.
Size: Car Base x Condition: The car itself is in
fantastic condition. Most likely because it's a display model it was
seldom played with, if at all. The plating is all intact without any
wear, scratches, dings, dents, rust, or flaking. It's actually one of
the best condition chrome plated Prameta's I've seen. As mentioned it
has only some faint, spotty dulling on part of the roof closest to the
cut edge, and on the front hood just in front of the wiper. Again, it's
very minor and can only be seen when tilted. The internal gears and
housing seem to be in perfect condition; no cracks in the metal, dents,
or scratches. And it still has its all-important original hood ornament
attached. The tires haven't any rim wear. The motor works well. The
painted die cast metal base also looks to be in pristine condition
without any wear, scratches, etc., although the underside has a tiny
scratch just to the right of the key hole. The plated policeman key
hasn't any flaking, but it does feel slightly rough. The stick pin
looks like it was never used. Grades NM+.
The box is just about perfect with 100% of its original label. Overall
the edges and corners are square without any wear. No creases, repairs,
or tears. Just a single 3mm extremely faded stain below the label. The
box color is just very slightly darkened from age (yet still very
light). Overall I've graded it near mint.
The instructions, although very brown and creased, are complete. Couple
of small edge tears, but the paper is still all there.
Interesting facts about all Kolner Prameta
turning wheels are synchronized with left and right turn signals; turn
the front wheels and a red painted metal peg protrudes from the
corresponding front fender
three forward gears, plus neutral and reverse
hasn't any holes or levers
three levers underneath the car control all of its many functions
primary technical feature is its ability to make irregular and
unexpected curved automatic steering
axle rests in a central pivot so even when resting on an unleveled
surface all four tires make ground contact
exception of the screws and springs, the car contains no iron or tin
toy will run approximately 20 yards on a single winding
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On Jul-20-13 at 15:29:05 PDT, seller added the following information:The Size information got messed up somehow. The text should read;"Size: Car 5½". Base 6¼" x 2¾". " Danny
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1951 Kolner, Cut-away Demo Prameta Mercedes In Orig. Box: $2,026