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Illustration for article titled Wagon Wednesday: 1:18 Norev Audi A6 Avant

As a Jalop, it's kind of a given that I like wagons. But of all the wagons out there, the C6 Audi A6 Avant is one of my favorites.

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Although Norev had been in the diecast business for some time, the A6 was their first 18th-scale model. And as first efforts go, this one is pretty good.

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Accuracy: 9/10

The overall size and shape of the model appears to be spot-on. Even the wheels and tires, which can be an issue for Norev, are well done. Under the hood is a nice facsimile of Audi's 3.2L V-6. As is typically the case nowadays, the engine is not fully replicated, but it is cast deeply enough to pass a casual inspection.

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Illustration for article titled Wagon Wednesday: 1:18 Norev Audi A6 Avant
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Illustration for article titled Wagon Wednesday: 1:18 Norev Audi A6 Avant

Fit and Finish: 8/10

The paint and chrome trim are done well, and are as good as anything I have short of a CMC, and the model is solidly assembled. The wood trim in the interior is among the better efforts in my collection, but like their S-class I review a while back, a bit of additional paint would bring out the details molded into the dash

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Features: 8/10

In addition to the typical opening features, the model also has fold down backrests for the back seat. It also has a simple spring suspension.

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Illustration for article titled Wagon Wednesday: 1:18 Norev Audi A6 Avant

Value: 8/10

According to the sticker on the box, I paid 75 Euros for this, which was probably about $80-85. That puts it at the level of a contemporary Kyosho, Minichamps, or Autoart, and this model is as good as any of them. As a side note, when the model was introduced there was some speculation that it was either made by Kyosho, or at least made by the same factory.

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Rarity 9/10

As of this writing, there is only one for sale on ebay, and only 3 completed listings so far this year, so I'd say this is pretty rare.

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Total 42/50

Should you get one? Yes? Of those 3 completed listings, 1 went for $100, and the other 2 were around $150. The model is nice, but I can't say it's that nice, so you really either need to own a real one, or be a serious Audi fanboi to consider it. But if a deal pops up, go for it.

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Illustration for article titled Wagon Wednesday: 1:18 Norev Audi A6 Avant
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