Several years ago I started buying these 1:72 scale cars that were a few dollars apiece but came with their own plastic display case, and all were realistic castings and paint, so I nabbed several. I'm sort of glad I did because I don't see them at my local Walmart anymore. On display today are the Beamers from that series, in honor of German Tuesday :-)
- 2005 BMW 530i Sedan (E60)
I believe this is the only E60 I have in my collection, making it reasonably rare as far as diecast are concerned. Also, as much as I'd love to have an E60 M5, having the lower grade 530i is right up my alley. I believe that more diecast makes should take this "road less travelled."
- 2004 BMW 745i Sedan (E65)
Another rarity in small diecast is BMW's E65, in this case a 745i. A memorable car for it's complicated iDrive system and controversial styling by Adrian van Hooydonk (under the direction of Chris Bangle), every detial makes it into the 1:72 version.
- 2003 BMW M3 Cabriolet (E46)
A supposed "must drive" for any car enthusiast, here is BMW's E46 M3, albeit in cabriolet version. What's curious to me is that the cabrio is apparently nowhere as inspiring to drive as the coupe, especially when coupled with the SMG gearbox. In any case, the diecast is just as pretty as the real thing. Yat Ming did amazing detail on these for such small castings.
- 2003 BMW Z4 3.0i Roadster (E85)
Lastly, here is the E85, the Roadster version and first iteration of the Z4. Another Bangle design, this car too garnered attention and controversy for it's complex new design language, but it has become the BMW we know today. From the kidney grille to the headrests this car has been immaculately replicated!
Not pictured are the names inscribed in white text on the passenger side of each black baseplate, in addition to the clear plastic covers that attach to said baseplate for easy display!
That's all folks, I'll see your wagons tomorrow! Fröhliche Deutsches Dienstag!