Walk into any model shop and you’ll find a huge range of model cars, from general mass production toy car brands like Matchbox and Hot Wheels to model kits from big brands like Tamiya and Revell. But at top of the range you’ll find handcrafted diecast model cars with serious price tags attached. These are precise replicas of some of the world’s most iconic sports cars, race cars and supercars from premium, high-end collectible model cars from brands that often work in collaboration with some of the world’s most desirable vehicle manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and more.
These models are often produced in extremely limited production runs and are highly sought after by the serious collector. When it comes to high-end luxury model car brands, these are four of the best manufacturers in the world.
CMC Classic Model Cars
CMC Classic Model Cars is a German manufacturer of precision, high-end diecast collectible model cars.Since its founding in 1995, CMC has made a name for itself among collectors for its meticulous attention to detail and high-quality components and materials. Model interiors are finished with upholstery of genuine leather or replica seat fabrics and spoke wheels are meticulously hand-wired with the finest stainless-steel cord.
The CMC range includes European sports and racing marques including Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, Bugatti, Jaguar, Lancia and more. CMC generally focuses on classic period racing and road cars from the 1920s through to the 1960s.
CMC models are designed in Germany and handmade by an expert team of model producers in CMC’s production facility in China.
CMC models are sought after by collectors and tend to be produced in limited editions, making them highly collectible. While you won’t find any contemporary supercars or F1 vehicles in this collection, you will find some of the most iconic vehicles ever produced from the golden age of motor racing.
Founded in 1984 in Italy, BBR Models is a luxury model car manufacturer known for its collection of highly detailed collectible diecast 1/18 and 1/43 scale race cars and sports cars.
Offering one of the most comprehensive collections of Ferrari models in the world, BBR has been collaborating directly with Ferrari since 1987. The collection includes over 200 Ferrari models from classic road cars to iconic race cars and contemporary supercars.
Besides Ferrari, BBR produces models under licence from a range of manufacturers including Pagani, Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, McLaren and more.
BBR model cars are designed under licence in collaboration with vehicle manufacturers to create genuine scale prototypes. The model engineers are given access to original manufacturer vehicle designs, as well as historical photographs and video footage, to create ultra-detailed precision scale model designs. Using 3D modelling and the finest materials, these designs are turned into intricately detailed vehicle components.
The models are then hand-made by a team of experts with BBR’s high-end model kits each consisting of over 800 pieces. Paintwork is applied using the same application methods as real vehicles and hand polished for that showroom shine.
The most accurate attention to detail, quality materials and balance between tradition and innovation has helped keep BBR models at the forefront of model car technology.
FrontiArt is a premium Chinese model car manufacturer founded in 2010. They create painstakingly detailed resin models in 1/6, 1/8, 1/18, 1/43 and 1/87 scales. Offering iconic cars from such prestigious marques as Mercedes-Benz, Pagani, McLaren, and BMW, the brand is particularly famous for its range of Koenigsegg vehicles.
The product range is broken down into three tiers. The top-of-the-line FrontiArt models are true works of art with no expense spared in terms of detailing, premium components and handcrafting. The AvanStyle range is a slight step down in terms of detail and craftsmanship, but still extremely high quality. The SophiArt is the entry-level product range; still excellent quality models, but at the lower end of the price range.
FrontiArt is one of the few premium model car brands that has a history of making 1/18 scale models with functional detailing like opening doors and bonnets, removable panels and working steering.
All FrontiArt models are exquisitely presented and packaged and include some of the most precise and intricate detailing of any model car brand. Production numbers are generally very limited, making these models highly sought after by collectors.
MR Collection Models
Based near Milan, MR Collection Models is an Italian manufacturer of premium hand-crafted model cars. Founded in 1988, the company uses a combination of traditional hand-crafting techniques and modern technology to create prestige model cars.
MR Collection Models works closely with the world’s most prestigious vehicle manufacturers including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Bentley and Pagani and holds official licences for Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Pagani, Bentley, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche.
MR Collection Models’ design team works closely with the vehicle manufacturers using proprietary vehicle design data to create fully realised and meticulously detailed scale models.
Because of their close collaboration with these vehicle manufacturers, MR Collection Models’ replicas are often released at the same time the real vehicles are launched, often the first models on the market… making them highly desired by collectors.
For the past 15 years, the company has created official models for vehicle manufacturer world premieres. MR also works with Ferrari, Lamborghini and Pagani to provide purchasers of these real vehicles with precise customised models of their actual cars.
When it comes to model cars, it’s worth doing some serious research into the brands behind the models. Choosing from the world’s best brands means you end up with a model and is a meticulous replica of the real vehicle that will likely appreciate in value in the years to come.