Minichamps, a German based die-cast model company synonymous with quality, detail and innovation in differing scales, are acknowledged as one of the world’s finest quality die-cast model manufacturers producing official replicas for many of the world’s leading motoring and motorcycling brands.
The company first appeared in 1990 at a time when well known die-cast model manufacturers had either gone out of business or were outsourcing manufacture to China with varying results. Minichamps, initially started life as Paul’s Model Art (taken from the founder, Paul G. Lang’s Christian name), and chose to supply quality models in limited production runs (1000 pieces) rather than churning out vast quantities like most other distributors. With a history of running a long established mail order and retail model businesses the company quickly established itself as a leader in the quality manufacturer of 1:43 scale die-cast model cars with the launch of their first model, an Audi V8 German Touring Car.
The following year the 1:43 scale range was widened to include classic and modern road cars complementing their existing rally cars together with a new 1:24scale. Such was the quality and detail of a Minichamps model they quickly attracted commissions from leading F1 constructors and German car manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen producing official replicas for sale through showrooms and highly sought after (by collectors) limited edition promotions. In 1996 the company changed its name to Minichamps GmbH and also widened its offering to include the now highly prized motorcycle model range.
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