Created with Sketch. Created with Sketch.

Top Brands for 1/18 Scale Diecast Cars - Best Buys Over $75


Which is the best brand of 1/18 scale diecast car models? The wide variety of choices can be confusing - but don't worry... we at MTC are here to help!

This article provides some detail about the top premium brands for 1/18 scale diecast car models. With these brands, you'll find cars that are elegantly constructed and intricately detailed, often even containing deluxe features such as individual engine parts and realistic suspension. (NOTE: if you are on a budget or would prefer to explore less expensive 1/18 scale diecast model cars, please check out our companion article on the Top 7 Value Brands for 1/18 Scale Diecast Cars)

So... first things first: What is 1/18 scale? In the world of diecast, 1/18 scale is typically the largest scale most diecast car models are made in (1/12 is larger, but rare). At about 10-12" in length, 1/18 scale diecast cars are significantly larger than other popular diecast scales. Because 1/18 scale cars are so large, they are able to have a lot more detail than smaller scales. Some models are so detailed, it makes you wish you could start the key and drive off in them!  

In short, 1/18 scale cars are a collector's dream!

To give you a better sense of how models can differ, we have listed the top premium brands for 1/18 scale diecast model toy cars below, with a little information on each one. Our goal is to give you an idea as to what brands to check out in order to jump start your search for the ideal additions to your 1/18 diecast collection...

SUN STAR 1/18 Scale Diecast Model Cars

Sun Star makes stunning diecast 1/18 replicas of cars from the "golden age" of automobiles. The Sun Star Platinum line focuses on classic cars of the 1950's and 1960's, including such classics as the 1959 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer or the 1960 Plymouth Fury. This line of diecast cars features incredibly intricate details, like moveable wind shield wipers, cloth seat belts, foldable seats, wired engines and spare tires! Because they are so detailed, Sun Star models are often a bit larger and heavier than typical 1/18 scale cars. It should be noted that Sun Star Platinum models come in retail boxes with an image of the car on the box and do not come in the typical window box packaging. In addition to the Platinum line, Sun Star also offers the series of American Classics and European Classics, which also feature classic automobiles from the US and Europe, but at more affordable prices.

3408-sun-1961-chevy-impala-118-1-az-th-greenlight.jpg3634gn-sun-1971-ford-mustang-mach-i-118-1-az-th-sunstar.jpg 5057-sun-blue-1955-pontiac-star-chief-convertible-sunstar.jpg

NOREV 1/18 Scale Diecast Model Cars

Featuring brands like Porsche, Opel, Mercedes-Benz, and Fiat, Norev is your one stop shop for high-quality diecast models of classic European cars! Norev is also famous for producing the best 1/18 scale models for unique French brands, such as Peugeot, Renault, and Citroen. Norev features a heavier, but more fragile metal, with gorgeous styling and attention to detail. Norevs are very delicate but perfect for any European collection or display.

183479-norev-.jpg 183700-1-az-norev.jpg 187633-norev.jpg

AUTOART 1/18 Scale Diecast Model Cars

AutoArt treats diecast cars like true works of art! Most of their 1/18 scale replicas are on the expensive side, but for true collectors, they are well worth it. As you can imagine, these cars are very intricately detailed. Cloth interior, leather seats, bold paint jobs, and completely finished dashboards are just some of the features included in these models. Featuring brands like Bugatti, Porsche and Lamborghini, as well as classic American cars, AutoArt is perfect for sports car enthusiasts and anyone looking for truly exceptional 1/18 scale diecast cars.

76006a-autoart.jpg 71241-a-autoart.jpg 78146a-az-autoart.jpg

ACME 1/18 Scale Diecast Model Cars

Looking to find an eye-catching piece to add to your classic car collection? Acme has got you covered! Acme is known for producing intricately detailed models from the late 1960's and early 1970's as well as stunning models from the 1930's. Featuring models like the 1972 Pontiac LeMans and the 1932 Ford Coupe, Acme focuses on very fine details of each car, such as detailed undercarriages, wired and plumbed engines, fully poseable steering and serialized plates! Due to the large amount of detail, Acme models can be slightly larger and heavier than typical 1/18 scale cars.

1805207-acme-1967-firebird-east-bound-and-down-118-1-az-th.jpg 1805306-acme-1965-chevy-chevelle-z16-118-1-az-th.jpg 1805609-acme-1970-oldsmobile-442-w-30-118-1-az-th.jpg

GT SPIRIT 1/18 Scale Resin Model Cars

GT Spirit makes striking 1/18 scale show pieces that are a wonderful addition to any car collection! GT Spirit produces resin made models ranging from the stunning Porsche 911 to the dynamic Chevy Silverado! It is important to note that these models are made of resin not diecast metal. Resin made models do not have openings such as hoods, doors, and trunks. However, these models are still very detailed with features like bright and colorful paint jobs, rubber tires, workable steering and detailed undercarriages. GT Spirits are perfect for those that love bold and beautiful 1/18 scale models!

gt177-gts-chevy-camaro-zl1-118-1-blue-az-th.jpg gt213-gts-2018-dodge-challenger-demon-118-1-az-th.jpg gt759-gts-2018-porsche-rwb-ducktail-118-1-az-th.jpg

GMP 1/18 Scale Diecast Model Cars

GMP 1/18 scale models are one of a kind! GMP models have some of the most unique features when it comes to diecast cars! Some of their more expensive models feature, rotating driveshafts, opening fuel doors, opening glove boxes, and windows that can roll up and down! GMP's selection is limited but well worth checking out if you are interested in a superb model for your car collection! 

18837-gmp-1970-street-fighter-plymouth-road-runner-118-1-az-th.jpg 18831-gl-green-gmp-1970-chevy-nova-yenko-118-1-az-th.jpg 18891-gmp-tommy-ivos-barnstormer-118-1-az-th.jpg