Big things with little cars

Jaguar E-Type Lightweight by AutoArt

Even now at 24 years old, I’ve always felt that birthdays should bring a big gift, something special that you can look back upon. Unfortunately, a lot of my friends and family don’t share that sentiment, so I have to be the one to provide it for myself. Nevertheless, this year, I decided to go for a nice new AutoArt model, and after some long deliberation between a few of the newer models, such as the DB11 and the Chiron, I decided instead for the jaw-droppingly beautiful E-Type Lightweight in British Racing Green.

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In my life of diecast car collecting, never have I come across a model that makes me want to say, “This little model really has it all!” but this E-Type might change that sentiment quickly, because it truly does have everything a guy like me could ask for in a 1/18, starting off with the design.

The overall looks of the car in real life goes a lot into whether or not I want to purchase a model of a car. If it’s not beautiful, then it must have some sort of aesthetic quirk that interests me. As everyone knows, the E-Type definitely falls into the former category. It is sensational to look at, and luckily AutoArt does a great job at bringing those classic lines into a smaller scale such as this.

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The detailing is the next greatest thing about this model. As is typical with AutoArt, the detailing is going to be a high point, but something about this Jag brings it up to the next level. Everything from the metalwork in the interior to the high-quality details of the engine bay, it’s got the full package, and is presented in show-stopping form. A true winner in this category.

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And finally, there’s the quality. I, like many others, am skeptic of AutoArt’s move to composite modelmaking, as it seems like a cheap means of cutting down on costs to manufacture. I was fine with it on my Lexus LC500 model from earlier this year, but I still wasn’t 100% sold. But, I think I’m starting to come around to it. All things considered, yes, a metal model is preferred, but AutoArt has still found a way to make a composite (plastic, if you want to be a layman) model that doesn’t feel cheap and chintzy. So, it gets top marks from me.

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It’s between all of those prior factors of design, quality, and detailing (plus the removable roof) that could make this E-Type my favorite model of the collection, finally usurping my Norev W116 Benz once and for all (though I still love it). I’d say it’s money well spent and a very, very happy birthday to myself. Luckily though, this wasn’t the only model I got for my big 24 this year, so stay tuned for more coming later this week (maybe).

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