Teutonic Tuesday: BMW M3 (E46) CSL, by Otto

The newest addition to my ///M family, and one that I think gets unanimous love around here: the E46 CSL.

I’ve been trying to score a hot deal on a 1/18 E46 for a while. I found out the hard way that it’s damn near impossible to do so. AUTOart makes the diecast version that fetches close to $200 these days. Otto released one a while back that usually goes for about $150. My target was the $100 mark, but after months of persistence, nothing came up. So I settled for the one you see here, at a somewhat-hefty sum of $130 (shipped). It’s old Otto, which means it’s gone up significantly in value over the years, and that’s what I get for being late to the party.

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And if you know your stuff, you’d know that Otto actually has two variations of this model. One with the proper CSL rims (shown here) and another with the standard wheels off the E46 M3. Not sure who would actually want the latter but hey, at least you can get it for about twenty bucks cheaper. This particular model is exactly how I wanted it, with the proper wheels and the metallic dark grey paint job that has become synonymous with the E46 CSL.

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There’s a particular lightweight M3 that I like more, but this model left me impressed nonetheless. As is expected with scale models, they look better in person than in photos, and whatever bland angle you might find here isn’t so bad in reality. To me, the front end is the most striking angle for this car, with the added splitters giving it a more aggressive look than the standard E46. The details are fairly good, though the front grille is solid, the brake calipers are simply “painted on”, and the carbon fiber roof looks really fake. Again, this is an old Otto model, and they have improved since. As a bonus, the box also came with a couple spare BMW emblems for god-knows-what.

Oh, the box. I forgot to mention how the styrofoam package disintegrates in your hands and scatters particles all over your beautiful model. Ugh.

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So, the E46 has now been officially checked off my diecast bucket list. I’m still on the hunt for the E92 GTS by GT Spirit. Also, the E90. And any E30. Or perhaps I should just stop now, because this is getting out of hand.

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