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Mercedes unveils 1:18-scale model transporter


Die-cast models in a 1:18 scale are popular collectibles, plus they cost less and take up a lot less space than the actual vehicles. And now Mercedes-Benz has come up with a nifty way to display those vehicles — a new 1:18 scale Actros car transporter that the company says is the first available in this scale.

“The predominant standard format with respect to commercial model vehicles was previously 1:50,” the company said. “Mercedes-Benz has collaborated with renown model vehicle manufacturer NZG to create their first tractor unit and semitrailer combination in the 1:18 scale.

“This opens up entirely new horizons for commercial vehicle models. Even the tiniest of details inside and outside the Actros are clearly recognizable.

Model cars, Mercedes unveils 1:18-scale model transporter, ClassicCars.com Journal
Cab and trailer

“And then there’s the 96.5 cm (nearly 38 inches) long car transporter body which is equally feature-rich as the original trailer. The car transporter can be loaded up with as many as seven Mercedes-Benz model cars from the broad 1:18 scale portfolio of Mercedes and smart vehicles.”

Or with an equal number of any other 1:18 scale models.

Model cars, Mercedes unveils 1:18-scale model transporter, ClassicCars.com Journal
Any 1:18-scale die-cast models will fit on the transport trailer, shown are current Mercedes vehicles

Mercedes notes that the trailer is made from 500 individual components and is held together with 225 screws, pins and tools. The tractor is based on the one unveiled at the Hannover IAA 2018 show with the new Actros facelift. The model has a tipping cab that exposes the engine. The doors open, and so does the service flap. 

The trailer and transporter are priced at €629.90 ($720) each. The model Mercedes vehicles show in the photos range from €79.90 ($91) to €119.90 ($137) each through the Mercedes-Benz website.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. This transporter is amazing! Not cheap I imagine, that is the biggest problem with collecting 1:18 scale models and the main reason why I chose to collect Hot Wheels and 1:64 scale diecast cars.

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