Home » Hooniverse Asks » Currently Reading:

Holiday Planning – Which AUTOart model to get?

Kamil Kaluski December 8, 2011 Hooniverse Asks 89 Comments

This year my wife’s family decided (I had not part in this decision making) that we are going group gifts. Everyone picks their own gift and tells the group what it is and where to order. The dollar limit per person is between $100 and $150, split between five groups of people. Not bad.

My problem is that I don’t really know what I want. My first thought was to get either a gokarting gift certificate or an AUTOart® model to add to my collection. I still have a few gokarting gift certificates from last year, but the problem is that they cannot be applied to any group events which I have been doing. So, AUTOart® model it is, but there is a problem there too.

Throughout my life I had a bunch of cheap 1:18. They looked good from five feet away but I am a sucker for the details. Three years ago I got my first AUTOart® model and never looked back; super high quality, very detail. The 1:18s range from $70 to over $200. I currently have an orange 997.1 GT3 RS and a blue FJ Cruiser (moment of weakness on eBay) and I would be looking for something to compliment the two.

I have a weird taste in cars and unfortunately AUTOart does not seem to make a lot of the vehicles I am interested in. The below list is based off the models available through the AUTOart webpage. I am not sold on any of them but they seem to be the best of what I like.

  • Lancia Fluvia
  • Lotus Exige (wish it came in white)
  • Mercedes G55 AMG (wish it was military spec diesel and not the dbag special)
  • BMW E28 M5 (out of stock) or M535i (I used to own an E28 M5)
  • Volvo 850 T5R
  • Ford Sierra RS Cosworth

Give me your choice, Hooniverse. Check out AUTOartmodels.com and make some recommendations. Make sure to stay under $150 (with shipping) and in 1:18 scale. I am also open to other model brands as long as they are 1:18 and of similar quality. Looks like Santa will also be bringing me a LEGO Unimog so I would consider something to go along with that. I am also open to something completely different…

Currently there are 89 comments on this article:

  1. PowerTryp says:

    "I have a weird taste in cars". No Kamil, you're right in line with the rest of us. It's all those people who don't know anything that have a boring uninspired taste in cars.

  2. $kaycog says:

    I would choose for you the Ford GT LM, #80515, at $129.95. Why? Because race car.

    <img src="http://www.mdiecast.com/pictures/autoart/80515.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

  3. Maxichamp says:

    Take it from me, a semi-pro diecast car collector. (See my handle.)

    1. Minichamps also makes 1/18 scale cars of high quality. I believe they have more variety than Autoart.
    2. Have you considered 1/43 scale? They are less expensive, the variety is even greater, and you can fit more of them in your house/office for display. I've got about 40-50 1/43s displayed (both openly and in hidden compartments) all over my office.

  4. Devin says:

    I couldn't find most of what I like, but Mazda Cosmo!

    <img src="http://www.autoartmodels.com/product.GetProductImage.do?productId=1509&alias=A2&securityCode=wJqTBbeHNy"&gt;

    How can you refuse a pioneering rotary machine?

  5. LTDScott says:

    I love Auto Art stuff, but it's out of my price range. I asked for 1/18 scale cars as Xmas presents for years and have now received so many that my display shelves are literally full and I'm out of room, so I guess I'm done!

  6. stickmanonymous says:

    Definitely the Volvo 850. I love the idea that someone is slaving away in a dark factory somewhere churning out little yellow wagons that are nothing but trinkets.

  7. P161911 says:

    The Lancia Fulvia AUTOart model is probably better made than he real thing and won't rust near as fast.

  8. dukeisduke says:

    Wow, how come I'd never heard of their stuff?!? And, *seventy-eight pages* of 1/18 scale models?

    *picks jaw up off of floor*

  9. Lotte says:

    <img src="http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd414/yuechengtrade/nation/b46.jpg&quot; width=400>
    A TRANSIT VAN! But only because I'm strange like that…apparently there's 1:18 models of "normal" cars, like
    <img src="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i185/gto288tw/diecastmodel/Dealer%20of%20TW_China/model17937.jpg?t=1296678332&quot; width=300>
    Yaris (why?)
    <img src="http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd414/yuechengtrade/nation/66c.jpg&quot; width=300>
    <img src="http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd414/yuechengtrade/nation/a21b.jpg&quot; width=300>
    <img src="http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd414/yuechengtrade/nation/b26.jpg&quot; width=300>
    How would you fancy a brand new Kia Optima with a working sliding sunroof?
    <img src="http://i.ebayimg.com/00/$%28KGrHqEOKi0E1zwMFp7nBNsnJ,CU4Q~~_3.JPG&quot; width=500>

    Everybody has some racing Porsche in their collection. Go different. But to explain why you spent a hundred bucks on a model of a KIA…

    Also, Kyosho makes a CTS-V.

  10. Maymar says:

    Even if it's out of stock on AUTOart's website, it can be found elsewhere.
    <img src="http://www.autoartmodels.com/product.GetProductImage.do?productId=242&alias=A2&securityCode=VzQtp8Z9hN&quot; /img>

    Or, because Alff beat me with the Montreal suggestion, and because this is better than having to live with the real thing:
    <img src="http://www.autoartmodels.com/product.GetProductImage.do?productId=1534&alias=B2&securityCode=ak3JfcvdBS&quot; /img>

  11. Maymar says:

    How dare you not make your Christmas gift about what I want!

    No, yeah, I get that they're not for everyone, Did you see they've got a G500 in addition to the G55? Granted, it's still not an ideal G-Wagon, being a little too new money transport, but it tones down the douche-factor a bit.

  12. mox says:

    If you're into diecast, I recommend you visit http://www.diecastxchange.com – it's the best forum out there.

  13. Jeff_Glucker says:

    Maybe you should have your family up the $ limit


    • danleym says:

      That price is getting into the realm of "I can buy a real car for that." It looks awesome, but given the choice between 1:18 scale awesomeness, or 1:1 scale project, I'm going to side with the project everytime.

      Of course, my wife would side with neither, so…

  14. Scandinavian Flick says:

    I am sad that they don't have my current car… I mean, technically they do…

    <img src="http://www.autoartmodels.com/product.GetProductImage.do?productId=1161&alias=A2&securityCode=7JfLqmTgnB"&gt;

    But it's just not the same. They don't even have that in black. :(

    • Maymar says:

      I have one of the Ertl '04 GTOs. Sure, it's purple, but still.

      • Scandinavian Flick says:

        I managed to find one of those at a vendor booth at the Good Guys auto show a few weeks ago. They even had it in my color combo! (black on red) I am still looking for an '05/06 though, and I absolutely love AUTOart models.

  15. Jeff_Glucker says:

    One EIGHT SCALE!!!!


  16. P161911 says:

    Get that and fill it with Cobras and Daytona coupes. Just to watch heads explode.

  17. Rust-MyEnemy says:

    I have 57 1:18th scale cars, most of them are in the attic, all boxed up. I've collected them since I was 8. I have a particular passion for collecting normal cars. Race cars are cool, but seem slightly irrelevant to me. Particular favourites of mine are my Opel Manta, Citroen XM, Peugeot 205 GTi, Plymouth Roadrunner (Non Superbird), Triumph Spitfire,

    I've not got that many AUTOArt models, just a VW Phaeton, P38 Range Rover, For Your Eyes Only gold Esprit…. and this; my answer to your question:-

    <img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Oz4NWDHlOBc/TROse4T5dZI/AAAAAAAAAOY/tjSQMHNX5RM/s1600/xmasbmw.jpg&quot; width="400/">

  18. Tomsk says:

    <img src="http://autoartmodels.com/product.GetProductImage.do?productId=1910&alias=C2&securityCode=gvhT73V9gJ"&gt;

    <img src="http://autoartmodels.com/product.GetProductImage.do?productId=1887&alias=A2&securityCode=xthqYTDmRs"&gt;

    Also, the fine Frenchies at Norev make some seriously cool stuff, including this coke-dealer-fabulous number that might rekindle some 300SD nostalgia (even though this is a 560SEL):
    <img src="http://up.picr.de/3543994.jpg"&gt;
    (1:18 Centra alloys sold separately or, more likely, not at all.)

  19. Maxichamp says:

    You diecast freaks might enjoy this Australian blog:

  20. smokyburnout says:

    Nissan Skyline RS Turbo! SUPER SILHOUETTE
    <img src="http://www.escala-18.es/images/modelos/Autoart%20Nissan%20Skyline%20RS%20Turbo%207.jpg&quot; width="600"/>
    <img src="http://thumbnail.image.rakuten.co.jp/@0_mall/arch-car/cabinet/01083184/img55998125.jpg&quot; />
    Yes, it says Tomica on it. It's AutoArt.

    IMGs from Escala-18, Rakuten

  21. MattC says:

    I have avoided collecting diecast for years now because I know how it will become a problem for me (you know mid40's with kids/wife/obligations). Yet, here I am "trying" to help Kamil pick his model and all I can think about is, "which car am I going to start my collection with?".

Comment on this Article:

Leave a Reply


Hooniverse Marketplace

Featuring Top 2/3 of vehicles Available in Marketplace

Read more

Subscribe via RSS