It’s a busy day today on the subject of Germans imported from Japan, but hopefully no one is tired yet of these beautiful cars.
And Friday afternoon a very large box containing one very small box finally arrived from Japan.
I’ve never been the biggest Tomica fan, mostly because I feel very strongly that in their mainline the wheels greatly let down the usually fantastic castings. And that is kind of sad. I have not received one Tomica yet that I have not immediately swapped a new set of rubber onto. Granted, the sample size is incredibly small (a grant total of 5: three Porsche 991 911s, a Toyota IQ-turned-Aston Martin Cygnet, and a Spyker C8 Laviolette), but still!
The game slightly changed when I got my first TLV from Plasticprints, and then this Premium 2.7RS. Now I at least know that Tomica is very capable of making insane little cars WITH great wheels!
(Disclaimer: I thought the wheels were a little bit TOO red with not enough definition, so I added some black wash to make the highs and lows stand out.)
Since we’ve seen this car before many times, I figured I’d put it next to the opposite end of the family tree, a 997 GT3RS by Minichamps (this one was imported from Breda, the Netherlands, not Japan).
Let’s compare, shall we? 2.7L, 210HP flat-six engine in 1974 versus 3.8L, 450HP flat-six in 2010. Ducktail in 1974, HUGE adjustable wing in 2010. 1075kg in 1974, 1590kg in 2010. These are the differences. But both sound BANANAS!!
Shameless video of me (badly) driving a 997 GT3:
I would happily take either one, but preferably both.