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Porsche 959 by Exoto in 1:18 Scale

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This is the Exoto Porsche 959. The Group B legend that never was, yet still cemented itself as one of Porsche’s most iconic cars.

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I’m not going to be able to teach you anything about the car that Jobjoris didn’t do already, so just a quick summary: Group B. 4WD. Twin Turbo. 197mph. Show and Display.

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There were only two trim levels to choose from: Komfort and Sport. Since there were only 29 Sport cars ever made, I am assuming this is a model of the Komfort.

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This model was actually branded as a Motorbox, which was Exoto’s “lower” tier. That doesn’t mean that this is some $15 wholesale club special, it’s more like an AutoArt. Of course, this particular model is about 20 years old, so it certainly doesn’t stand up to today’s AutoArts, but those from the same era.

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Exterior details are exsquisite, from the veins in the headlamps to the perforated brake vents. There’s even carpet in the front luggage compartment.

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It’s not all rainbows and unicorns of course. The windshield on my example seems to be popping out a bit. You’ll definitely have some wind noise in the cabin taking this up to 198mph. The inlets for the turbos on the rear quarters actually lead to nowhere, just gradient shades of grey to project the idea of inlets.

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That’s about it for the “bad” though! Considering the cost of the new AutoArt 959, I’m glad I went with the Exoto. You know me, I’m always keeping an eye out for a bargain.

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My main gripe with the car though, is that it has the passenger mirror delete option. I know, I know, “because racecar”, but on the 959 it kind of gives the car a sad puppy dog look. Just my own humble opinion...

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Around back, we find that awesome 2.85L six with air-cooled cylinders and water-cooled heads. It’s pretty nestled up in the car, but Exoto did an amazing job with the details. Warning labels! You all know my feelings towards warning labels...

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Inside we find more carpet, recessed gauges, and semi-squishy seats. It looks pretty plasticy, but this is the late 80's we’re talking here.

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So how much did this set me back? Well my keen bargain catching eye (or my eBay alerts anyway) picked up this boxless example for around $37 I think? That is an exceptional deal, and I don’t know if you’ll have the same luck as I did. Just know they are out there. Models still in their box in fancier colors like blue, double-brown, and standox I’ve seen listed for anywhere between $100 to $300. You’re mileage may vary.

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