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COLLECTABLES

SentiMETAL to release scale model of iconic BMW 333i

Only 300 units of the high-performance SA special will be made for serious collectors

06 May 2022 - 13:16 By Staff Writer
The BMW 333i will be immortalised as a scale model if enough collectors show interest.
The BMW 333i will be immortalised as a scale model if enough collectors show interest.
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Exciting news for scale model collectors, particularly those  focused on BMW or uniquely SA cars, is that SentiMETAL, the Cars.co.za car culture sub-brand, is developing a 1/18 scale model of the iconic BMW E30 333i.

"We have been pondering the opportunity to produce high-quality scale models of uniquely SA cars for some time, and feel we have found the right partner to produce these models," said Hannes Oosthuizen, SentiMETAL project head.

The first car to be immortalised in the 1/18 scale will be the iconic BMW (E30) 333i, a uniquely local model of which only around 200 units were built.

"We have settled on the 333i as the first car in the series because it is probably the most sought-after of the SA specials," explained Oosthuizen.

Development of the high-precision resin scale models will take place in Germany, with manufacturing ultimately happening in China. The models will come mounted on a stand inside a clear plastic display box. Unique SentiMETAL box art will be developed for the models and each car will come with an information booklet with a stamped serial number.

The highly-detailed model features ABS parts and TPR tyres on rolling wheels and front axle steering lock. The indicative length of the model is between 240.28mm and 242.22mm.

Ultimately, however, the decision to proceed with the project will depend on the number of pre-orders received as the production commitment is significant. Two original 333i colours will be offered, Henna Red and Aero Silver (depicted), with 150 of each colour produced if the project goes ahead.

“We ask serious collectors to place their pre-orders to avoid disappointment,” Oosthuizen said.

“If the 333i model is successful, we have plans to follow with 1/18 scale versions of the Opel Kadett GSi Superboss and Alfa Romeo GTV6 3.0.”

HOW TO SECURE YOUR 1/18 SCALE BMW 333i

The pre-order price for the model is R3,750. To secure your model(s) visit www.sentimetal.shop to complete your purchase. If the project receives the green light before the end of May 2021, delivery of the models is expected towards the end of 2023. Should production of the models not proceed as planned, a full refund will be given. 


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