Almost a decade after I told myself I would, I finally got my first AutoArt model.
Boy did I choose a great model to kick things off with them. I actually got a ridiculous deal on this model. I was able to get this thing for only $140 shipped.
Although we’ve seen my Norev and Kyosho 1/18s, I’ve never been able to justify an AutoArt considering a normal one at retail price is worth what 3 of my Norevs are worth. That changed last week when I was able to buy this Obsidian Lexus LC 500 for only $140 shipped. I felt a sense of accomplishment that I was able to buy an AutoArt.
Despite the fact I’d imagined my first AutoArt would be a relatively unloved model, I’m thrilled to have the rival to my M850i join the fleet. Even though it’s a composite model, I still love it as much as I do my other models.
I should also note that two of my friends own this model in two different colors, so that might’ve influenced my decision to go with this model instead of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R.
As for the car itself, words can’t describe how exquisitely detailed it is compared to everything else I’ve ever laid eyes upon at 1/18th scale. Although it doesn’t feel as heavy and solid as my diecast 1/18s, we find that this is a much more intricate model than those.
The headlights, for instance, look just as sharp and chiseled on this model as they do on the real one. They certainly nailed those. My pictures don’t do them justice, or any other part of the car for that matter.
The wheels are actually another part of the car I’d like to show off. The two tone paint on the wheels helps accentuate the quality of the craftsmanship that goes into these models.
More so, we find the intricate spindle grille that looks more like the one on the 1/1 than the real one does. It’s also plastic, but it’s not like that even matters once you own it.
Once you start looking around the car, you notice that the composite structure of the LC aren’t different from what you’d get in a diecast model. The lines of the car look just as visually stunning and gorgeous as they do on the real thing.
Moving to the back, we find that the excellent craftsmanship continues with the taillights. I also want to mention that the gloss black Obsidian paint looks amazing too, but is hard to get great pictures of.
I’m sad to report this one doesn’t have gold plated Lexus badges for the true Boca Raton experience.
The taillights look so nice in person. I should note the panel gaps are really consistent and actually really good for any model that isn’t sealed.
Fun fact: it has Michelin tires! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen actual manufacturer names on 1/18 tires.
I don’t think a single moment has gone by where I wished this was diecast. AutoArt really hit it out of the ballpark with this one.
If you’ve ever seen an LC in person, you’d know that there are no bad angles on this car.
Now, if you’ve ever heard an LC, you’d know that it sounds absolutely sinister. The 2UR-GSE and 10-speed automatic produce a deep angry bellow followed by upshift pops. It even has little struts like the real one would.
This one even has a retractable spoiler like the real one, which is not really surprising for the price point, but is still a nice touch.
It looks vaguely like the LFA from some angles, which is more than a good thing.
Since this isn’t owned by any despots like my W140s and A217, I can’t measure the trunk space in cubic
Like the real one, we find fake exhaust tips with real ones tucked in there where the world can’t see them.
All of the opening features feel remarkably solid for what’s essentially plastic.
Once we look inside, we first notice the carbon fiber door sills and detailing. The Toasted Caramel interior looks absolutely exquisite and sumptuous. Even my Norevs can’t match this level of detailing.
Everything is so detailed at such a minuscule level that you begin to understand why these cost as much as they do.
While the seats aren’t leather and suede, they do an excellent job of adding similar textures to the plastic.
They even included the long glass window that houses the infotainment on the top of the dashboard.
I spoke very well of my M850i a few months ago, and will gladly go on to say that it’s still an excellent model for under $100.
If you want to take the next step up, I’d recommend the LC 500 in a heartbeat. There are several color combinations to choose from, so you can’t really go wrong.
I’m extremely satisfied with my first AutoArt and look forward to many more down the line.
Overall, I would totally recommend it if you’re into luxury cars like I am. It’s an excellent addition that would shine in any collection. You’ll quickly get over the composite part to find that it’s excellent, bar none.