Posted: 19 March 2015 by RaceMasteR J


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Model cars have been made for almost as long as actual cars dating back to as early as the 1940s. It has since captured the imagination of children and adults alike and has proven to be a fun-filled and enjoyable hobby, not to mention expensive!

One of the main differences between model cars and toy cars is that model cars are built to scale in great detail whereas toy cars are often improperly proportioned and lack the attention to detail that model car collectors look for.

Extremely detailed models have been built in various makes and sizes of almost every type of vehicle that has been produced. Today however we are focusing on the 1/18 scale model size. It’s the personal collection of our friend Asif Vinoos.

Now as you may notice, Asif is a bit of a BMW nut. Owning one of the neatest, cleanest 1/1 scale E36 M3’s in Cape Town, his love for the brand has overflowed into his model collecting hobby. This however doesn’t stop him from putting a price tag on some of his beloved models.

There are various makes and models for sale, while some are not, but have a look below to view what’s on offer and what’s not.


GT Spirit e92 M3 DTM Edition Limited to 1500 pieces (resin model) R1700

In 2012, to celebrate its victorious return after more than 20 years of absence from the DTM championship, the bavarian manufacturer unveiled a special edition of the M3. The BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition possesses numerous similarities to the Canadian, Bruno Spengler's car, such as the Motorsport stripes, the black rims, closely resembling a racing car as well as numerous elements in carbon. This special edition was produced in only 54 examples, corresponding to the number of successes by BMW in the DTM championship.

GT Spirit e92 M3 GTS Limited to 3000 pieces (resin model) R1800

The fourth generation of M3, the E92 is primarily distinguished from earlier versions by a V8 engine with a particularly captivating sound. In this GTS series, limited to 250 copies, the power gains 30 units to reach 450 hp. Recognizable by its "Orange Fire" paintwork and its impressive spoiler, it also has many unnecessary elements removed to lighten it by 70 kg.

AutoArt e30 M3 Cecotto edition (red) diecast model R1700

The high performance division of BMW, BMW M, are the ones responsible for the M3. This AUTOart diecast replica is a 1/18 model which means it has enough size to accommodate all the fine detail, including the engine, the detail on the dashboard and the different materials used on the interior. The key features of this "Cecotto" Edition 1989 Red BMW M3 diecast model include:
• Doors Open
• Hood Opens
• Trunk Opens
• Wheels Steer
• Wheels Roll
• Made of High Quality Diecast
• Great Detail
• High Quality Diecast Model

Autoart Sierra Rs Cosworth (white) Diecast model R1450

The Sierra Cosworth was created to win racing championship titles, made light and fast, with a top speed of 230 km/h and a kerb weight of 1220kg. The car was highly successful in touring car and rally races, at one point winning every race it took part in for six weeks. The Cosworth was loved by spectators because of its flame-spitting exhaust. It was popular with amateur drivers because it was competitive, strong and reasonably cheap. This white 1/43 AUTOart diecast model is a must for any collector of rally cars, or Ford diecast models.

Autoart Pagani Zonda Revolucion (Blue and Black Carbon) diecast R3750

The AUTOart Pagani Zonda Revolution 1/18 model captures the overall style of the Zonda. This vehicle has a blue and black carbon fibre finish, featuring the design concept of the Italian super car. From its sloping fenders and distinct windshield design, every part of this diecast is based on the luxurious design of a Zonda Revolution.

Minichamps Sierra Rs500 DTM Texaco R1550

General models - NOT FOR SALE

Mclaren F1. Made by UT Models

Originally a concept conceived by Gordon Murray, he convinced Ron Dennis to back the project and engaged Peter Stevens to design the exterior and interior of the car. On 31 March 1998, it set the record for the world's fastest production car, reaching 231 mph (372 km/h) with the rev limiter enabled, and 243 mph (391 km/h) with the rev limiter removed.

The car features numerous proprietary designs and technologies; it is lighter and has a more streamlined structure than many modern sports cars, despite having one seat more than most similar sports cars, with the driver's seat located in the centre (and slightly forward) of two passengers' seating positions, providing driver visibility superior to that of a conventional seating layout. It features a powerful engine and is somewhat track oriented, but not to the degree that it compromises everyday usability and comfort. It was conceived as an exercise in creating what its designers hoped would be considered the ultimate road car.

Despite not having been designed as a track machine, a modified race car edition of the vehicle won several races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, where it faced purpose-built prototype race cars. Production began in 1992 and ended in 1998. In all, 106 cars were manufactured, with some variations in the design.

With the F1 GT homologated, McLaren could now develop the F1 GTR for the 1997 season. Weight was further reduced and a sequential gearbox was added. The engine was slightly destroked to 6.0 L instead of the previous 6.1 L. Due to the heavily modified bodywork, the F1 GTR 1997 is often referred to as the "Longtail" thanks to the rear bodywork being extended to increase rear downforce. A total of ten F1 GTR 1997 models were built.

Otto E34 M5 limited to 3000 pieces (resin model)

The E34 generation of the M5 was produced from September 1988 to 1995. It was hand-built at BMW M GmbH in Garching, Germany. Assembly was done either by a single M employee or a team of M employees and generally took about two weeks. The E34 M5 released with the S38B36 engine which produced 232 kW and 360 Nm at 4,750 rpm. In the second half of 1991, the engine displacement was increased to a 3.8L. Power was now increased to 250 kW. A 6-speed manual transmission was made standard on the last model year (1995). The E34 M5 was the last M5 to feature an engine with a historical link to a BMW Motorsport racing engine.

Otto E12 M535i limited to 2500 pieces (resin model)

The "official" Motorsport version M535i, featuring a 3.5L engine with special styling such as Motorsport front and rear spoilers, Recaro-brand sport seats, a close-ratio transmission and limited-slip differential, larger brakes, and other styling cues such as Motorsport striping down the sides of the car and on the front air-dam plus the BMW M1 steering wheel was available between 1980 and 1981 with 1410 cars produced.

Otto E36 M3 Lightweight US Version limited to 1750 pieces (resin model)

A lightweight M3 was produced in limited numbers for the America market in 1995. It has the characteristic checkered flag motif on the bonnet and wing corner.

GT Spirit BMW 1M limited to 1500 pieces (resin model)

Launched in 2011, the BMW 1M Coupe is a powerful version of the series 1 Coupe. A limited edition of only 6000 units were produced (out of 2700 initially planned). Stronger and also lighter, it is certainly a high-performance vehicle. Its L6 engine gives a power of 340hp on the rear wheels, making it the ideal car for amateurs of drift... on the track.

AutoArt e30 M3 Evolution black (Diecast model)

AutoArt Mercedes 190e Evo black (Diecast)

With the debut of the BMW M3 Sport Evolution, Mercedes' direct competitor, it became obvious that the 2.5-16 needed a boost for the circuit. In March 1989, the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution debuted at the Geneva Auto Show. The Evo I, as it came to be called, had a new spoiler and wider wheel arches. Many changes were made to under-the-skin components such as brakes and suspension. There was a full SLS suspension allowing vehicle ride height to be adjusted from an interior switch. All were intended to allow the Evolution cars to be even more effective round a track.

Autoart Sierra Rs500 #1 Texaco black (Diecast model)

Autoart Nissan Skyline R32 Group A Racing series (Calsonic ,HKS and Kyoseki) Limited editions

The Skyline GT-R earned the nickname "Godzilla", as a play on its "monster" track performance and country of origin. The R32 GT-R dominated JTCC, won all 29 races it entered in the series, as well as taking the series title every year from 1989 to 1993. This AUTOart diecast model is an exceptional replica, showing off every element of the original with precision and attention to detail.

It is an essential item for any fan of Nissan diecast cars or motorsports in general. The key features include:
• One of 3000
• Doors, hood and trunk open
• Steerable wheels that roll
• Made of high quality diecast metal
• Finely detailed, inside and out

Minichamps BMW 3.0 CSL BMW Art Car Series

The BMW Art Car Project was introduced by the French racecar driver and auctioneer Hervé Poulain, who wanted to invite an artist to create a canvas on an automobile. In 1975, Poulain commissioned American artist and friend Alexander Calder to paint the first BMW Art Car. This first example would be the BMW 3.0 CSL which Poulain himself would race in the 1975 Le Mans endurance race.

Minichamps E30 M3 DTM ( Herpa ,Jagermeister ,TicTac)

Minichamps Sierra Rs500 DTM (Wurth ,Bastos ,Sonax)

Minichamps BMW M1 ProCar

The BMW M1 Procar Championship, sometimes known simply as Procar, was a one-make auto racing series created by Jochen Neerpasch, head of BMW Motorsport GmbH, the racing division of BMW. The series pitted professional drivers from the Formula One World Championship, World Sportscar Championship, European Touring Car Championship, and other international series against one another using identically modified BMW M1 sports cars.

Billed as an opportunity to see a mix of drivers from various motorsport disciplines, the championship served as support races for various European rounds of the 1979 Formula One season, with Formula One drivers earning automatic entry into the Procar event based on their performance in their Formula One cars. Niki Lauda won the inaugural championship. In 1980, the series held some events outside of the Formula One schedule, and was won by Brazilian Nelson Piquet. BMW chose not to continue the championship in 1981 to concentrate on their entrance into Formula One.

Kyosho BMW E60 M5 blue

The E60 M5 was introduced in 2005, with a V10 engine and 7 speed sequential manual gear box linking the car with the BMW Formula One program. The E60 M5 was the world's first production sedan to feature a V10 petrol engine and 7 speed sequential manual gear box. As with some of its predecessors, the E60 variant of the M5 was both the quickest and fastest 4-door sedan in the world at the time of its release.

Kyosho BMW 2002 Turbo (White)

The 2002 Turbo was launched at the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show. BMW's, and Europe's, first turbocharged production car, the 2002 Turbo produced 170 hp (127 kW) at 5,800 rpm, with 240 Nm of torque. The 2002 Turbo used the 2002 tii engine with a KKK turbocharger and a compression ratio of 6.9:1 in order to prevent engine knocking. The 2002 Turbo was introduced just before the 1973 oil crisis and 1,672 Turbos were built.

These are just some of the many models that Asif has collected over the years. We do intend doing a follow up article soon enough, stay tuned. Check out the rest of the gallery below.

For inqueries about the models for sale please email me here.

RaceMasteR J

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