BONUS PHOTOS: Spark 1:18 Dauer 962 Le Mans

Jan 10, 2012 5 Comments by

Dauer’s answer to those drivers who dream of hammering a race car down the open highway is this 962. Sure, it’s been prettied up, and it’s had a few creature comforts and safety features added, but under the leather and added finery is an honest-to-gosh race car, right down to the 720-horse boxer motor.

We took these snaps of Spark’s excellent 1:18 resin of the Teutonic terror for our “Showroom” section in the Spring ’12 issue of DCX, but didn’t have the room to include them all. The model’s a sealed-body piece – as most 1:18 resins are, for the sake of a more refined display on the shelf – but as you can see, every visible area has been done with a careful, precise touch. It’s a beauty. Want to know more? Contact Sunrich Toy and Hobby, who supplied us with this sample.

Enjoy the snaps.

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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.

5 Responses to “BONUS PHOTOS: Spark 1:18 Dauer 962 Le Mans”

  1. Bob Geco says:

    Do not care for it. It looks a kit car.

  2. Joe Kelly Jr. says:

    Hello, Bob –

    The real cars are no kit cars – they’re actual Porsche 962s that have been stripped, rebuilt, and made (somewhat) civilized. The price tag is around $1,200,00.00 each!

    The model is extremely well done – sharp castings, very good external (and visible interior) detail.

  3. James says:

    I’m a fan of the great 956 & 962s, can’t wait to get my hands on this one! Just wondering if it’s a sealed body shell or does it have opening parts?

    • Joe Kelly Jr. says:

      Hello, James –

      It’s a sealed model, but you can see virtually all of the interior detailing thanks to the clarity of the “glass”. We’ll be doing a video review of this one shortly, but if you like it you might not want to wait! Thanks for visiting

      – Joe

  4. James says:

    Thanks for the info! Now to track one down.. hopefully in black

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