At the Value Village thrift store on Bank Street in Ottawa yesterday, I found a toy car grab bag with a vehicle inside that made it a must buy for me. That vehicle was a Hot Wheels Workhorses Peterbuilt Cement Mixer truck with the cement mixing drum intact, something I’d never seen before at a Value Village. The subject of these photos is obviously not a Peterbuilt Cement Mixer but rather something else that was in that bag that I’d probably have overlooked.

It’s a 1/64 scale version of the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics plug-in turbodiesel hybrid concept car unveiled at the 2009 International Motor Show Germany in Frankfurt. This is the original version of the car that would evolve into the i8.

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There’s no information about the diecast manufacturer on the chassis, but, according to comments on this Amazon listing for what appears to be the same model car, it was a promotional item given away at BMW dealerships. (The Amazon listing also mentions Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, although that film featured a later version of the i8 concept.)

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The chassis is plastic, which is always a strike against me fully loving a diecast car, at least at 1/64 scale, and the wheels are also plastic, with no rubber (not as much of a drawback for me; most of my favourite Hot Wheels cars don’t have Real Rider tires), but the rims are sculpted very nicely, the tampos are sharp, the seats inside the car are detailed, and the steering wheel is a separate piece from the interior.

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I ripped off someone else’s idea and covered a binder with duct tape to serve as the floor and background. I photographed this car on the binder set up on my dining room table in the waning natural sunlight late on a Tuesday afternoon. I have a little fluorescent Game Boy Advance light accessory that I use as a fill light, but the sunlight provided too great a contrast for it to be of much use here.

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I have nothing else to add about this so here’s every other photo I took that’s worth posting.

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