BMW 745i sedan. Bangle-butt or not, this a very cool 1:18 scale model! This 2003 Motor Max model is in one of my favorite color combinations for real cars, dark silver with a brown/natural leather interior. Though relatively inexpensive, the doors feature small hinges, not the large "dog-legs" of some models. Click on the images to enlarge them, and you'll be surprised by the level of detail in the interior—seat belt latches, woodgraining and simulated leather seats.
This is a 2003 Lexus LS460 in 1:18 scale, also by Motor Max of China. Though I admired Lexus back then, this scale model really reminded me of the white 1999 Mercedes E320 I had at the time. Many critics called the Lexus's styling derivative and Mercedes-like, but I really didn't think so until I saw this model on the shelves. Except for details, it looked almost exactly like my car. Check out the power seat controls on the bottoms of the seats and the woodgrained steering wheel, just like the real LS460.
M Y C O L L E C T I O N — I've mentioned before that I prefer my scale model cars to be production models rather than decal-laden racing cars. Though I've certainly bought my share of concept or "dream" cars, I really prefer models that represent real cars I could actually have bought if I had the money. I just get a lot of satisfaction by owning tiny versions of desirable real cars. Though the vast majority of scale models are the sport coupes and convertibles of a maker's lineup, I absolutely adore the four-door sedans or wagons when I find them. Or found them. Except for my $1.19 Car of the Week purchases, I haven't bought a new scale model in almost seven years—something about needing to eat now, lol. Enjoy!