1:18, Minichamps, £179.99

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The long-es­tab­lished Ger­man model man­u­fac­turer Minichamps has been promis­ing to pro­duce a 1:18 Rover SD1 for a few years, and it has fi­nally ar­rived in three colours: blue, sil­ver and red. As with so many large-scale re­leases now, this is a sealed resin body cast­ing without open­ing fea­tures, but this re­sults in more ac­cu­rately scaled shut­lines and the crisp minia­ture per­fectly cap­tures stylist David Bache’s Fer­rari Day­tona-in­spired de­sign.

The stan­dard of de­tail­ing is ex­cel­lent, with plenty of photo-etched parts, in par­tic­u­lar the in­te­rior. Rac­ing ver­sions are sched­uled to fol­low later, but frus­trat­ingly only in Ger­man Tour­ing Car liv­er­ies. We’d love to see Minichamps re­lease some of the colour­ful Bri­tish team ver­sions, such as Andy Rouse’s 1984 BSCC win­ner, the 1983 ex-soper/metge RAC TT vic­tor, or any of Tom Walkin­shaw’s suc­cess­ful FIA team cars. 1:18

1 Ma­trix’s 1966 Bu­gatti T101C Ghia Exner road­ster, £302.99

2 Minichamps’ 2013 Porsche 918 Spy­der, £169.99

3 Minichamps’ ex- Kox/ravaglia/ He­lary 1997 Le Mans Mclaren F1 GTR, £169.99

4 Schuco’s Porsche 356A coupé, £144.99


5 Ma­trix’s 1954 Rolls-royce Sil­ver Wraith LWB Vig­nale, £104.99

6 Ma­trix’s 1929 Rolls-royce Phan­tom I Barker tourer, £107.99

7 Spark’s 1954 Le Mans Cun­ning­ham C4-R, £53.99

8 Spark’s 1985 ex-michèle Mou­ton Pikes Peak Audi Sport qu­at­tro S1, £53.99

9 Spark’s ex-james Hunt 1975 Dutch Gp-win­ning Hes­keth 308B, £53.99

10 Spark’s ex-col­gate/hawkins 1961 Le Mans Austin-healey Sprite, £53.99

11 Ma­trix’s 1952 Porsche 356 Amer­ica Road­ster, £89.99

12 Spark’s ex-collins/mack­lin 1952 Le Mans As­ton Mar­tin DB3, £53.99

13 Ma­trix’s 1973 Daim­ler Dou­ble-six, £104.99

14 Ma­trix’s 1931 Cord L-29 Spe­cial La­grande, £95.99

15 Spark’s ex-james Hunt 1973 Monaco Grand Prix March 731, £53.99

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