Minichamps MIN122814002 1981 Kawasaki KR350 Motorcycle - Anton Mang, World Champion (1:12 Scale)
"Let the good times roll."
- Kawasaki slogan
Born September 29th, 1949, in Inning (Starnberg) at the Ammersee, Anton ("Toni") Mang is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion. In 1970 Mang joined the reigning 125 cc world champions team with Dieter Brown as his mechanic. Together with Sepp Schloegl and Alfons Zender Mang, they developed the "Schloegl Mang Zender" (SMZ 250). With this machine, he took part in a race on an airfield in Augsburg and claimed his first victory.
In 1975, he won the German Championship on 350 cc Yamaha. Also in 1975 he competed in his first Grand Prix at the Austrian round of the world championship. His first GP win was at the 1976 German Grand Prix at the 22.8km Nordschleife Circuit at Nurburgring on a 125cc Morbidelli. His success earned him a ride with Kawasaki for the 1978 season in the 250cc and 350cc classes. In 1980 he became World Champion in the 250 cc class and runner-up in the 350cc class behind Jon Ekerold.
In 1981, he won both the 250cc and 350cc World Championships and became German Sportman of the Year. In 1982, he would become the last 350cc World Champion as the class was abolished at the end of the year. He fell just one point short of defending his 250cc championship. In 1983 Mang moved up to the 500 cc class. A heavy injury sustained in a skiing accident at the start of the season preventing him from competing until the middle of August. He failed to finish above 10th place in any of the races.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 1981 Kawasaki KR350 motorcycle driven by Anton Mang. Comes with a handsome presentation case. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: January 2010
Historical Account: "The Legend" - In 1984, Anton Mang returned to the 250 cc class, finishing 5th in the World Championship on a private 250 cc Yamaha. In 1985, a strong performance by Freddie Spencer left him in second place in the championship. The following year, Mang finished in 4th place in the series. Moreover, the fruitful collaboration with his chief mechanic and friend Sepp Schloegl came to an end.
In 1987, Mang became the 250cc World Champion for the third time with 8 consecutive victories. At 38, he was the oldest World Champion in the history of Grand Prix motorcycle racing history. He started the 1988 season with a victory, but injuries sustained in a bad crash in the Rijeka race in Yugoslavia forced him into retirement. Mang retired with a lifetime total of 42 GP wins. The FIM named him a Grand Prix "Legend" in 2001.