As you can tell from the title, this casting is a 1:64 scale version of the 1:1 scale BMW M1, but the casting's official name is the BMW 1M. The 1M is the name of a far more famous BMW, but for some reason BMW insisted on Mattel calling the M1 a 1M for its Matchbox rendition. Okay enough about the name, let's enjoy the casting.
So far, Matchbox has released 5 versions of this casting. In 2013, there was an orange mainline, followed by a blue mainline in 2014, a red mainline in 2015 and a black 'Best of the World' model in 2016. In the middle of all that was the 2014 Leipzig Toy Show Convention model. Limited to 500, the livery pays tribute to the famous BMW CSL Race Car that found its way to the Hot Wheels mainline this year. If it ever turns up on the pegs around here, I'll feature the 2 side-by-side. For now you'll have to enjoy the Matchbox. And you probably already have the Hot Wheels CSL anyways.
Why do I like this casting so much? For starters, it's one of the clean, licensed, tampo-less models that Mattel released in an era of overdone fantasy Matchbox castings. So it was fun to find on the pegs. Second, I love the lines, the stance and the molded cues the casting features. I also appreciate that lights, license plates, grilles and emblems are the only things that got tampo'd on the mainlines.
The Leipzig model, as any premium model should be, gets the full detail treatment. No, it's not 'clean' per se, but it's absolutely beautiful in traditional BMW colored striping and BMW windshield tampo-ing. I love this model.
The most recent release is the black 'Best of Matchbox' version. The paint job is a stunner, especially in hand, with a mix of gloss black and matte black. That contrast has worked for Greenlight in its Black Bandit line and more recently for M2, and sits well on this Matchbox also. The orange accents complete a mean looking package. My big complaint with this model, however, is the knobby rubber tires. Sure, Real Riders are great, but these things look like off-road tires. If any customizers out there want to tackle it, this one's begging for a wheel swap.
Another reason I'm a big fan of this casting is that the real 1:1 scale version of this car is quite rare. Especially in Canada, where I live. Only 500 or so real versions were ever imported to this country. I think I've only ever seen one on the roads. It's a fast, premium, balanced and incredibly lightweight car. Since it's so difficult to find in 1:1 scale, I'm more than happy to have these 5 examples in 1:64 scale. Enjoy the photos!