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Diecast Delights: A Peugeot 206 CC in 1:18 Scale

Chris Haining November 2, 2016 Cars You Should Know, Diecast Delights 3 Comments

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Yes, owing to overwhelming public demand, Diecast Delights is back!

It occurs to me that diecast models can be split into two distinct categories: those which act as miniature shrines of worship to iconic classics (see probably 95% of all 1:18 models out there) and those models which portray cars that were treated as consumer white goods, some of which are coming close to extinction.

Today’s model falls into the latter category. The Peugeot 206CC was a popular small coupe-convertible, but sixteen years after launch there’s nowhere near as many on British roads as there once was. It seems unlikely that they’ll ever become truly sought after, let alone recognised as classic.

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I went to University in Coventry which was the UK production home of the Peugeot 206, or at least Ryton-On-Dunsmore was. Since these things were absolutely everywhere, I became absolutely sick of the sight of them.

At least the 206CC was a cut above the others. It was built in France by a contractor, Heuliez. Being rather more costly than other 206 models, the streets of Coventry weren’t quite so strewn with them. There was still far too many of them, though, for my liking.

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So why on Earth did I buy this one? Well, solely because it was £6. My favourite set of eBay search parameters are “less than £15, ending soonest”. Every now and again I’ll idly have a browse and something cheap will spring up. I’ll then chuck a bid on and forget about it, until a message appears on my phone warning me that I’ve bought something. Then I have to try and remember what it was I bidded on, and just how much I had drunk.

In the case of the 206CC, I wasn’t too worried. Firstly, it was cheap, and secondly, just how bad could it be?

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Well, it can’t. Be bad, that is. As far as I can see, and I’m not in the habit of getting tape measures and calculators out unless very particular circumstances arise, the model accurately portrays the proportions and design of the car. Most impressive are the shut-lines, which are crisp and even, with every opening part, the bonnet, doors and bootlid, opening and closing squarely. The front grille and badge are very well obsereved, too.

The paint isn’t bad, either. There are a few little imperfections and the paint shade has darkened a little at the leading edges of the doors, but there’s little to get properly cross about. There’s a party-piece, too:

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That retractable hardtop roof does just that. It’s “just like the real thing”. Except presumably less prone to electrical malfunctions.

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I’m most impressed by that. The way the roof sits when erect you’d swear it was a single casting, and when stowed there’s nary a clue that any such mechanism exists. And this isn’t even a premium brand model. It was made by Welly.

Detail is decent elsewhere, too. From the well-modelled wheels and brake disks with separate calipers….

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…to a reasonably convincing engine compartment, though this is perhaps the least impressive aspect of the model. Mind you, my experience of looking beneath the bonnet of a 1:1 scale version wasn’t exactly a life-defining moment.

The photos are perhaps a little flattering- some of the metal details, the exhausts, pipework and that kind of thing are modelled in that hideous plasti-chrome that old Bburago models were dripping with. The underside of this thing looks somewhat toy-like.

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The interior doesn’t though. Detail is good, dashboard buttons and controls are individually marked out. The two-tone interior trim is accurate to the real thing, too. Minus points, though, for the crude stick-on instruments and the centre vents are perhaps a little over emphasised.

My day was brightened by a good belly laugh when I saw the size of the hazard-warning button. It’s actually the right colour and in the right location, but is modelled to the same scale as one of those “that was easy” buttons you used to get from Staples.

It’s a good model, this, and there doesn’t seem to be a huge choice of them out there, so my £6 was possibly a bit of a deal.

I still don’t want the real thing, but in ten years time, when there are none left, maybe I will.

(All images copyright Chris Haining / Hooniverse 2016)

  • longrooffan

    The first thought that crossed my mind was the Staples button as well. All in all, you didn’t buy this one, you stole it.

  • smokyburnout

    I don’t recognize the Welly brand name, but I do seem to remember seeing and wanting a working-roof Peugeot CC diecast when I was younger. Not sure if I would’ve seen it in a Sharper Image display case or a catalog that included things we would never even get here.

  • Rover 1

    A friend of mine owns the 1:1 version of this and plans to keep it. To him it is a classic, (and his wife’s car). He’s looking to get this model though, so that he’ll have ‘at least one Peugeot that doesn’t break down’