Photo: Dan Mosqueda

I’m not going to lie. This model is cheap. Ryan picked it up for me at a model store in New Jersey. It’s a 1/18 scale model for $25. You can’t expect too much for a “Road Legends” model. Road Legends was the US name for diecast models produced by Yat Ming in China. The company appears to be out of business these days. By the way, be sure and read to the end for a cool surprise. Hat tip to Pillarless Coupe (Lloyd) for providing this nugget of arcane car knowledge up when we were recording Live and Let Diecast last night!

The model does have opening doors and bonnet, plus the top is removable. The build quality is not horrible, but the materials are pretty cheap. As you can see, the plastic “chrome” looks, well, very plasticky. The wheels do turn and the steering wheel turns them.

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The details are actually pretty good, though you can certainly see the less than stellar details in the tail pipe. It has a clear seam line running horizontally across it.

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It looks nice with the top off. But from this photo you can see the pins holding the headlights in place. You can see some interior details including the stick shift and distressed leather imprinted into the plastic seats.

Overall I actually like the car, not for its quality, but for its ability to take you back to the 1940s and the genesis of BMW. In case you missed it BMW did an homage to this car. In 2011 BMW build the 328 Hommage stating “the study car wonders aloud what the designers might have made of the BMW 328 in today’s world, with all the technical fineries that would be at their disposal.” The result is an amazing piece of work. I’d like to see someone make the Hommage into a diecast model.

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