As Japanese classics gain recognition in the real world, so too do they increase in popularity in the diecast realm. For most of its existence, diecast brand M2 Machines (not to be confused with Mazda’s M2) has focused on detailed miniatures of American muscle cars, hot rods, and the occasional Volkswagen. Later this year, however, they will debut a new line of vintage icons from Japan.
The first three cars in the line will be familiar to any J-tin aficionado: the Datsun 510, Nissan Fairlady Z432 and Nissan Skyline GT-R. Each one will have three variants —a bone-stock version that looks like it came off a 1:64 showroom floor, a custom version resembling a street-modified or race car, and a hard-to-find chase version similar in concept to a Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt car.
M2’s products and price points are a bit different than those of traditional diecast cars, which can still be bought for a buck and enjoyed by both kids and adults alike. Instead, M2’s focus is on the adult collector with cars retailing for about $5.99.
Most have separate grille, headlight, mirror, and bumper pieces. Most have opening hoods as well, to expose separate engine pieces underneath. The multitude of small parts means that there’s room for a lot of variation, as demonstrated by the stock versus custom versions in the cars shown here.
For example, the Fairlady Z’s custom gets a bumper delete and a lowered ride height. The custom Hakosuka variant gains an air dam and rear spoiler. The custom 510 has a rally-inspired livery with black hood and steel wheels. Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that some of the cars have the JNC inkan on them as well, and we are honored to be a licensing partner with M2.
Look for the M2 Auto-Japan series to hit retail stores later this year. We’ll have more details as the release date approaches.