emand in Germany following Michael Schumacher’s F1 dominance lead to a range of racing cars being released in the standard 1:43 and larger 1:18 scales and followed in 1994 by the smaller 1:64 range. Due to the highly detailed parts and advertiser decals used in Minichamps models, keen eyed collectors have been quick to spot errors and omissions and the strict company recall policy has occasionally resulted in small quantities getting into the hands of collectors leading to certain models changing hands for upwards of £500 on online auctions.
otorcycle enthusiasts had to wait until 1996 before the first motorcycle was launched in collaboration with BMW, a 1:24 scale R1100, which was the first model of its type to have finely detailed wheel spokes and brake disks maintaining the quality and integrity of the Minichamps name. In 2000 the now highly sought after 1:12 scale racing motorcycles was launched with the Ducati 996 (which now changes hands for in excess of £300) being the first to be followed five years later by the 1:6 scale Classic Bike range with the Honda CB750.
Other Minichamps Models
lthough better known for cars and motorcycles Minichamps have also released lesser known ranges including commercial trucks, emergency vehicles, coaches, military vehicles and tractors together with small accessories including rider and driver figures, helmets and key rings.