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Posted By: David Holcombe
Posted On: Thursday January 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM
 
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The last of my parade cars (Whew!), a Mercedes for an emperor (PICs)

MERCEDES 600 with AFRICAN KING by VITESSE (Portugal)

The Mercedes 600 was owned by many of the most powerful political leaders of the 1960's and later. This 1:43 scale model is generic in its label of "African King," but it is perhaps based on the French-influenced Jean-Bedel Bokassa (1921-1996), also known as Bokassa I, Emperor of Central Africa. He served almost eleven years (1 January 1966 4 December 1976) as president (the last four years as president for life), and then for almost three years he reigned as self-proclaimed Emperor of Central Africa. His imperial regime lasted from 4 December 1976 to 21 September 1979, when he was overthrown with French intervention.

Bokassa's life-long hero was the French Emperor Napoleon I. His country of Central Africa was a union of several former French colonies and had been a part of the French empire since the 1880s. Central Africa, a land-locked country, became independent of France in 1960 but has not built a lasting stability in government since.

Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa , seated on his golden throne for his coronation, Bangui, Central African Republic. December 4, 1977.

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The last of my parade cars (Whew!), a Mercedes for an emperor (PICs) by David Holcombe #25132
And a quick shot of the reconstructed little table that caused this series (PIC) by David Holcombe #25132.1
I have this Vitesse as a popemobile, with the same generic red-hatted pope figure by Mark Lampariello #25132.2
Vitesse and several of the other early 1:43 popular producers obviously by David Holcombe #25132.2.1
David, that still is a great display and a nice collection. (EOM) by Don Anderson #25132.2.1.1
David, a job finished and well done! The display table is a revelation. by Randall Olson #25132.2.1.1.1
Nice model and I like the table. I need to see if I can talk my wife into a couple of those. (EOM) by John Merritt #25132.3




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