The Mercedes Benz race car measures almost 10 inches or 25 centimeters long and it is complete and maybe all original. The racer is in very good/excellent condition.The litho is in excellent condition, as is the paint. The surface of the tin has a very nice gloss and no major damage. There are some small paint chips and scratches, nothing major.
The chrome trim is bright and shiny with very little darkening. The photos make the front chrome piece look a little dark but that is just because of the lighting. The tires and hubcaps are in excellent condition and the friction works, mostly..It works great in reverse but in forward the friction does skip. If you play a little with the positioning of the wheels it does help but the friction does not work as well as it should. This is a really nice Universe racer, not perfect but very nice. The car is pictured on page 198 of the great Big Book of Tin Toy Cars Commercial and Racing Vehicles.
Questions are welcome and I will be happy to provide additional photos. The item "TIN FRICTION 1950'S UNIVERSE RACER MERCEDES BENZ W-196 RACE CAR YONEZAWA JAPAN" is in sale since Thursday, November 10, 2016. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Electronic, Battery & Wind-Up\Friction\Pre-1970". The seller is "samsmom5" and is located in Fairfield, Ohio.
This item can be shipped worldwide.