Nice to screw around with toy cars for awhile this morning. This could be dangerous...
I've had this one for maybe 10 years. It's by Exoto, from their "Racing Legends" series.
The car is a 1976 935, the early single turbo variant, developed from the 934, with bodywork to suit the then-new Group 5 regs. The 935, like its later cousin the 956/962, became the gold standard of endurance racing. You had to have one to win. This era of sports car racing endlessly fascinates me, with remarkable machines pushing new boundaries in automotive performance and, shall we say, "creative" interpretation of the sporting regulations.
Exoto calls this color "Avus Galaxy," and it's a color-shifting paint, going from green to purple. Not period-correct, of course, but this it was available at a very significant discount so I jumped on it when I had the chance because Exotos are otherwise cost-prohibitive. It's a metal body & chassis, with plastic detail parts & rubber Dunlop slicks. Real wire mesh forms the grilles.
Being an Exoto, detail is incredible top & bottom. Oil lines, aluminum roll cage (which carried oil in some cars) & radiators, removable center-lock wheels & air extractor "turbine" covers, front dry-sump oil tank & fuel tank, accurate gauges & interior are all faithfully reproduced. Vents in the metal body are exquisitely cut, and moving body parts fit very well when shut, often a stumbling block in 1:18s. The underside shows complete chassis, suspension, and exhaust detail as well.
This is the detail standard setter of my collection, so I have to give it a 9. If it was one of the liveried race cars, it'd be a 10. If there's a better 1/18 935 out there, I've not seen it.
A little teaser with friends...