Jeff Koons BMW Art Car in 1:43 scale

In 2010, BMW commissioned a new art car, decorated by American artist Jeff Koons. Like the first few BMW art cars, the new M3 competed in the 24 hour race.

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Steve Barnett model creations in 1:43 scale

What if you could take your favorite full-size race car and shrink it down to 1/43rd scale? So realistic that you could fill the fuel tank with gas, hit the start button and the car would make glorious engine sounds.

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More art car models in 1:43 scale

If you look at the history of art cars, most are driven by big events. If a car owner has their choice, they’d almost always seek out a big event at which to get big attention. Big attention is exactly what drives art cars, so to speak.

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Replicarz Lor Schell Special Indy Car in 1:43 scale

The mavens at Replicarz continue the modeling history of the Indy 500 with their two latest 1:43 scale releases. Both the Replicarz Lor Schell Special from 1940 and the 1941 Elgin Pin Special cars are again Maserati 8CTFs.

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Porsche Pink Pig: Models, mugs, art, banks, more

The Porsche Pink Pig, also known as the 917/20, sported unique experimental aerodynamics developed with the French company SERA. It featured widened bodywork designed to give more downforce with better top speed. The car was ungainly to say the least. Some said it looked like a pig.

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Gulf Racing models in 1:43 scale

The relationship between Gulf Oil and John Wyer began in 1966 when Gulf VP Grady Davis purchased a Ford GT40. So began what became the most iconic sponsorship in motorsport history.

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Other art car models in 1:43 scale

Let’s define art cars as vehicles used as a blank canvas for artistic decoration to draw attention. Most commonly, this is used for advertising and marketing purposes. High art on the original BMW art cars got noticed by the upper-income consumers BMW was working hard to attract as a “luxury” brand. This is about the not BMW art cars.

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The CMC Bugatti T35 France, Monaco 1930

The CMC Bugatti T35 is widely recognized as a fantastic piece of 1/18th scale modeling. Exquisite materials and finish make this a must-have for your collection. Some years back, I spent an entire weekend at Lime Rock’s Vintage Festival staring at a full-size Bugatti T35 just feet away.

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Dirty model cars in 1/43 scale

You can find many dirty models in 1/43 scale. Most are LeMans or rally cars. However, it’s the endurance cars we feature here. You’ll notice three distinctly different techniques for showing the effects of a 24 hour race. All merit a close look.

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