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Buyer’s Guide > Comparison of Scale Model Car Brands
This is a guide to the scale model manufacturers that Legacy Motors represents. We hope to help those unfamiliar with the best diecast cars and best diecast brands understand what their money will purchase. It also helps the evaluation of models in terms of each manufacturer’s reputation, standards and subject focus.
Looking for a specific make and model? Use the “Fast Find” search box on every Legacy Motors page or click on the Showrooms tab to see a drop down of useful categories.
This Italian company has always worked closely with Ferrari. In 1:18 scale models, price range is $325 – $350. Highly recommended.
Brilliant collaboration between Germany and Japan; CMC models are synonymous with accurate reproduction based on: exhaustive research; obsessive attention to detail; precision manufacturing and superb finish.
1:18 scale model cars. Price: $ 280 – $360. The yardstick by which all other 1:18 scale model cars are judged.
1:24 scale model cars. CMC no longer issues new models in 1:24, although some are still available on Legacy Motors.
1:12 scale model cars. Price $2,300 – $2,560. These are peerless museum quality models.
Highly prized by collectors of 1:24 scale model cars for their inventive selection of subjects and renowned for their virtuoso detail. Primarily American cars from the 1920’s to the present time.
After decades of popular model-making, Ertl quit making 1:18 scale cars, so originally issued Ertl models are worth more. The molds were leased to AutoWorld who is remaking some of the original. Having stockpiled original Ertl diecast models, Legacy Motors still offers a selection of the original Ertl models. 1:18 scale model cars and trucks. Price: $50 – $80.
No company did more to popularize the diecast collectible hobby in the eighties and nineties. Specializing in 1:24 scale model cars, the Mint models span an extensive and adventurous selection of American and European cars. Especially strong in Corvettes. Note that Franklin Mint’s more recent issues are much more limited edition and they are not reproducing older issues. So these diecast models have increased in value. Price: $135 – $145.
One of the reasons 1:18 scale grew to such popularity in model cars. Great detail for the price. Acclaimed by car people for their creativity and fidelity. Focus on muscle cars, European road racing, dragsters and hot rod scale models. Excellent finishing and good shut lines.
1:18 scale model cars. Price: $120 – $150. For their Masterpiece editions: $290.
1:12 scale model cars. Price: $500. Highly detailed models of iconic road and race cars offer excellent value for money. GMP also makes: 1:24 scale model cars; 1:6 scale dashboards; scale figurines and lots of other stuff that makes the hobby so much fun.
Highway 61 specializes in scale model muscle cars, trucks and pick-ups, and mid Twentieth Century American models – with occasional interesting and welcome diversions (like a series of Dry Lakes Model A racers scale models.)
1:18 scale model cars. Price: $70 – $120. Primarily muscle cars and a few classics and lake racers. Lots of diecast metal, yeoman like level of detail, reliably good value for money.
1:16 scale model cars. Price: $95. Marvellous vintage trucks, in a big scale, with satisfying detail and presence, that are imaginative subject matter.
Kyosho offers excellent value at every price range. Best Ferrari models for anywhere near $100. Excellent quality control.
1:18 scale model cars. Price: $100 – $205. Range focuses on European sports cars and exotics with some Japanese thrown in. Both street and racing legends. Check out the Cadillac CTS! Admirable detail, fit and finish; well packaged to boot. Excellent quality control.
1:12 scale model cars. Price: $450+. They are highly recommended: unusual but high appeal exotics that will spoil you with their numerous details.
LANE EXACT DETAIL
Lane Exact Detail helped GMP arouse collectors into an almost decade long mania for 1:18 scale muscle cars. No longer creating new molds, past issues are not reliably reproduced so these scale model muscle cars are destined for rareness.
1:18 scale model cars. Price: $100 – $110. Not latest modelling technology, but still exceptionally well made diecast models. Never disappoints.
LE MANS MINIATURES
As their names suggests, Le Mans Miniatures makes scale model Le Mans cars. A sister brand to Spark from France, their scale models are made from resin. This means few if any operable parts, but exceptional detail and finish have been lavished on the exterior qualities of the cars.
1:24 scale model race cars. Price: $198. Very well presented curb side scale models that are intriguingly detailed and presented in their own display cases.
MATTEL HOT WHEELS
Mattel, the people that own Hot Wheels and Matchbox in 1:64, produces scale model cars in larger scales as well.