Iconic cars to be made into scale models for grown-up boys and collectors

The BMW E30 333i is the first car to be made a scale model of, and if successful, other similarly exciting vehicles will be lined up.

SentiMETAL, the car culture sub-brand, is in the process of 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 South African cars for some time, and feel that we have now 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 South African 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). A hundred and fifty of each of the colours will be produced if the project goes ahead.

“We ask serious collectors to place their pre-orders now to avoid disappointment,” Oosthuizen said. “If the 333i model is successful, we already have plans to follow with 1/18 scale versions of the Opel Kadett GSi Superboss and Alfa Romeo GTV6 3.0.”

BMW 333i (Photos by Roarke Bouffe for Sentimetal Productions).

How to secure your 1/18 scale BMW 333i:

The pre-order price for the model is R3 750. To secure yours, visit Note that if the project receives the green light before the end of May, delivery of the models is only expected towards the very end of 2023. Should the production of the models not proceed as planned, a full refund will be given. Only 300 units will be produced – first come, first served.

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Source: MotorPress

Matthys Ferreira

Served in SAPS for 22 years - specialised in forensic and crime scene investigation and forensic photography. A stint in photographic sales and management followed. Been the motoring editor at Lowveld Media since 2007. "A petrol head I am not but I am good at what I do".
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