We came across some new old stock from AUTOart. We’re not sure of the exact release date, we estimate about 10-12 years back. This is when AUTOart was still embracing the diecast metal exterior and composite wasn’t even on the radar. The Ford Cossie as affectionally known in English circles was a monster in race and street form back in the day… This example is defined as Ford (England) Sierra RS Cosworth DTM LUI #44 – 24h Nurburgring 1989, driver Volker Weidlder. AUTOart did issue a handful of race cars in various livery and streetcars, all of which were enjoyed in 1:18 scale.
As for the model, AUTOart does an exceptional job recreating the elegance of this car in scale. How easy we forget the golden era of scale model collecting. Here’s a lesson to those newcomers to the hobby that has only experienced the AUTOart assortment in the last couple of years. This is a true 360 effort where attention to detail was the cornerstone of most releases and every inch provided some sort of jaw-dropping craftsmanship.
Exterior wise the model is full metal, and full access is provided through each opening. The paint and decal work is very good as the photos will show. As for the overall shape, not perfect but pretty darn good! The small exterior details like hood pins and gas fill are well represented. Motor detail is extremely good too, well above the norm of today’s standards. However, you can tell its age with the medieval “dog-leg” style hinge work in front. This measuring stick is no different in the rear – the hatch is so heavy the struts require support to hold in place (remember those days?). And sit back and admire that undercarriage respect – there is even a full-metal motor guard in front!
Inside the charming interior excels as well as the exterior side. The refinement of the little things in the dash and door cards exceeds today’s expectations for the most part. The use of plastic without the generic look and the textures as found in the single-seat presents details from all angles. Amazing!
This is what a true 360 effort from AUTOart was. Are today’s efforts on par, certainly not, but we won’t discount them as a total waste, as they are not. What is missing is the passion that once drove AUTOart to be one of the best in the business. Offering value, selection and exceptional design. In the end, folks, educate yourself, don’t be convinced by photos or video alone. Enjoy the pics!