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Deutsche Delights

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. As much as I love buying 1/43s, I’ve been selling off a lot of other cars in order to justify these newer ones. These are the three latest additions to the collection.

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I’ve ended up selling some HW Premiums, Minichamps, Herpas, and even one of my previously reviewed 1/18s, but I’m honestly happier with these than I was with any of those.

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The first one came all the way from Japan after over a month waiting for it to arrive. I won this extremely rare Minichamps 1/43 BMW M3 (E92) in Melbourne Red Metallic over Black Novillo with the carbon roof. I’d been looking for one of these for a long time, but could never find one under the $100 mark. I ended up randomly winning a 4 AM auction and snagged it for $50 with free shipping, which seems like an amazing deal. Needless to say, it was an amazing deal.

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I remember being obsessed with the E92 M3 in Melbourne Red with these wheels after seeing one reviewed back in early 2008 when Road & Track got hold of one. I got to sit in an Alpine White coupe and Silverstone convertible later that year when I went back to see them in the showroom. Although we all know about the 2008 financial crisis putting a hold on everyones’ dreams back then, I’m glad I was able to get an E92 M3 at the end of the day.

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Minichamps did a damn good job of making this car, especially considering the fact that they nailed a lot of small details most companies would overlook. The 10-spoke wheels look great, but as of the writing of this review, I just noticed the front wheel is missing the roundel. To make matters worse, I just stopped writing to take a look. It’s now missing all its wheel roundels. Oh well.

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If I can complain about anything, the M3 badge is hilariously tiny and unfortunate. I’m not sure if they even tried.

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Other than that, it’s just a very well modeled E92 M3. It certainly looks sharp in Melbourne Red Metallic, which is probably the best color on these next to Alpine White and Jerez Black Metallic.

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I also kind of wish the taillights were nicer, but hey, could be worse.

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I do love how nicely detailed the carbon roof is. You can see the weave that’s supposed to emulate carbon fiber, but it’s smooth to the touch.

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I’m thankful Minichamps chose the optional 10-spoke wheels that look infinitely better than the standard twin 10-spokes.

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If we look closely, we find that it has intricate headlights with detailed rings for the LED Corona rings.

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The M3 mirror are also very well detailed considering how small they are.

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Although it’s virtually impossible to get a good picture of it, here’s the S65 V8 under the hood. I haven’t had any rod bearing issues with it, but that might have something to do with the fact that it’s a 1/43 model.

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As for the second model, we find that DaftRyosuke’s 600 has company. I won an auction for this Minichamps 1/43 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 (W109) in Silver Green Metallic over Bamboo.

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Although it looks like nothing out of the ordinary, this 300 SEL, when new, had the M100 V8 from the 600. Since the 600 was specifically designed to strike fear into the hearts of the poors chauffeur third world despots, it needed a powerful engine to move a 3-ton beast. The 6.3 V8 was later shoehorned into the humble W109 sedan that was usually fitted with a 6-cylinder for most buyers. The result was an absolute animal (for the time) that hit 60 in under 7 seconds and went on to a top speed of about 140 mph, which was unheard of back then for a sedan. Think S65 AMG, but from a time when the Beatles hadn’t broken up.

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It still became a status symbol for the wealthy and famous across the world. This specific one is a 1968 with one driver’s side mirror and a rear fog light. You may also notice that it has an antenna, presumably so you can tune in to hear that catchy new song “Wichita Lineman” by that young fellow by the name of Glen Campbell.

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The 6.3 references engine displacement as well as how many car-lengths you should stay behind it.

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I can’t begin to describe just how stately and elegant this car looks in person. It really does look like a million bucks, inflation adjusted from 1968.

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Fun fact: this is the car that the Rote Sau “The Red Pig” is based on.

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It’s nice to have the king of the sleepers in my collection now. The 911 SC won’t know what hit it.

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Inside, we find a deliciously appointed interior with a 4-speed automatic.

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I absolutely love the color-matching hubcaps on Mercedes from this era.

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For the third and final car, I once again fell victim to the exquisite lineup of 1/43 models from Model Citizen Diecast. The day my S123 got added, Patrick also added two variations of both the 911 SC and 914-4 by Maxichamps. Naturally, I decided to buy the Guards Red 911 SC, but forgot to choose it instead of the default Grand Prix White.

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As with the 230TE, we find Minichamps quality at a slightly more affordable price. This car looks sublime for what it costs. I’m looking forward to the 914-4 once I can make room for it.

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This is the official car of listening to Dire Straits in traffic on your way home from your job in corporate finance in downtown Miami.

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The Guards Red certainly adds to the aesthetic appeal of this model.

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This is truly a delicious Beetle for $42. The 1979 model as shown received black moldings and door handles instead of the 1978's chrome features.

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As per usual, the Fuchs wheels never disappoint.

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Note: 911 SC denotes Super Carrera, not Supercharged or South Carolina.

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I’m extremely satisfied with these three cars. Although they can’t touch the 911 50th, 935, and 560SEL, they’re still noteworthy cars in my collection.

Would I recommend them? Let’s break it down car-by-car. The E92 M3 is a great little model, but it’s quite expensive for what it is. If you can find a cheap one, go for it. The 300SEL 6.3 is also on the pricey side, but it’s such an elegant model that you can justify it. The 911 SC is cheaper than both, so I’d recommend you start with that and work your way up if you want them.

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A special shoutout to Patrick from Model Citizen Diecast for selling me the 911 SC and fixing my stupid mistake of choosing the wrong color in my excitement of buying it. Go get it from him if you want it.

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