As with other Signature Series cars, this rendition of the historic 787B is spectacular and extremely finely detailed, reflecting its $275 price. The racer is made from 480 metal (60 on the exterior) and plastic parts, including many photo-etched plates, along with metal wiring. It looks authentic, no matter how closely you inspect it, nearly on par with CMC brand models.
Naturally the hood and bonnet are removable and the doors open. Inside you’ll find a finely detailed dash with glass-covered gauges and fuse panel, plus fabric seat belts with photo-etched buckles. Talk about realistic! But really most folks will examine the outside, and engine compartment the most, and these are stellar.
The suspension is fully functional, the rear spoiler has metal supports, there are steel cables and metal clips to lock the hood and rear bonnet down and there’s wire mesh to keep the front radiators from damage, just like on the real racer.
The 787B’s 2.6-liter Wankel rotary engine is what made this car particularly special, the only rotary to ever win Le Mans. It used three sequential spark plugs per rotor and created more than 700 horsepower. And it’s beautifully detailed here, right down to the oil cooling and fuel system for an authentic look. There also are cool Brembo brake calipers, two antenna atop the cockpit’s roof and nicely detailed wheels and Dunlop tires.
Fit and finish is stellar, as it should be at this price. Yes, this costs a bit, but unless you move up to a CMC model you won't get more detail than this. Plus this is a historic racer, and beautiful in its stealthy carbon-fiber-look body. Winner!