Parkers’ top diecast model cars

Looking for a gift for a car fan? Adding to your collection? Procrastinating from monotonous office work? Indulge in our favourite diecast model cars.

Diecast model car with picturesque landscape in background

by Chris Williams |

Diecasting as a manufacturing process has been around for almost 200 years. It a production method of pouring molten metal into a mould.

Plastic can be cast in a similar way and is called injection moulding. It results in very accurate production and is why it is very popular for use with scale model toys.

Diecast toys have been around for more than a century, emerging from brands such as Solido and Dinky Toys. It wasn’t until after the Second World War that the big names we know such as Matchbox and Corgi graced the world with their quality, accurate models of common vehicles.

Today, there are so many diecast model cars out there and we wanted to share a few of our favourites.

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Best diecast model cars from films and TV:

Jada Fast & Furious Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000

Jada Fast & Furious Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000
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1:24 scale; the best version of the best Ford Escort.

Jada Fast & Furious Plymouth GTX

Jada Fast & Furious Plymouth GTX
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1:24 scale; the ice cool Plymouth GTX made even cooler.

Jada Fast & Furious Ice Charger

Jada Fast & Furious Ice Charger
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1:24 scale; we had to get the Fast & Furious stuff down first.

Corgi Mr Bean's Do-It-Yourself

Corgi Mr Bean's Do-It-Yourself
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1:36 scale; donu2019t try this at home, proper rubber tyres.

Greenlight Ford Falcon XB Mad Max Police Interceptor

Greenlight Ford Falcon XB Mad Max Police Interceptor

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1:18 scale; so much cooler than the American police interceptors.

Greenlight 1974 Dodge Monaco Bluesmobile

Greenlight Dodge Monaco Bluesmobile

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1:43 scale; if anyone asks, youu2019re on a mission from God.

Best modern diecast models:

Solido Alpine A110 S

Solido Alpine A110 S

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1:24 scale; working steering, opening doors, correct colour.

Motor Max Chevrolet Corvette C8

Motor Max Chevrolet Corvette C8

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1:24 scale; the new mid-engined C8 Corvette looks brilliant.

AutoArt Aston Martin Vantage

AutoArt Aston Martin Vantage

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1:18 scale; exquisite attention to detail from AutoArt, RHD, carpeted, opening bonnet, boot, and doors.

Burago Ferrari Monza SP1

Burago Ferrari Monza SP1
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1:18 scale; the coolest modern Ferrari for your shelf. Opening bonnet, boot, and doors.

Burago Lamborghini Sian

Burago Lamborghini Sian

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1:24 scale; classic outrageous Lambo with hybrid technology.

Best classic diecast model cars:

ACME Shelby Cobra 427 S/C 1965

ACME Shelby Cobra 427 S/C 1965

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1:18 scale; Carroll Shelbyu2019s greatest work in miniature.

Burago Jaguar MkII 1959

Burago Jaguar MkII 1959

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1:18 scale; because everyone else has a model of an E-Type.

Burago Ferrari F40

Burago Ferrari F40

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1:24 scale; the greatest supercar.

Solido Peugeot 205 GTI

Solido Peugeot 205 GTI

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1:18 scale; the greatest hot hatchback.

Solido Mercedes Benz 190 Evo II 1990

Solido Mercedes Benz 190 Evo II 1990

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1:18 scale; the original M3's chief rival.

Best diecast model racers:

Look Smart Ferrari 250P #21 24H of Le Mans 1963

Look Smart Ferrari 250P #21 24H of Le Mans 1963

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1:18 scale; better quality than the full-size car, real rubber tyres.

Sun Star Subaru Impreza 555 Colin/Derek Rallye De Catalonia 1996

Sun Star Subaru Impreza 555 Colin/Derek Rallye De Catalonia 1996

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1:18 scale; one of the best car-driver combos ever.

Maisto Renault Alpine A110 1600 S #18 Andruet/Biche Monte Carlo Rally 1973

Maisto Renault Alpine A110 1600 S #18 Andruet/Biche Monte Carlo Rally 1973

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1:18 scale; if you donu2019t like the modern A110 for some reason.

Spark Mini Cooper S #105 Aaltonen/Ambrose Monte Carlo Rally 1964

Spark Mini Cooper S #105 Aaltonen/Ambrose Monte Carlo Rally 1964

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1:43 scale; everyone has Paddy Hopkirku2019s car, be different and have the Mini that came seventh.

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