Minichamps began its history in 1990, its range of products at the time mainly concerned models of DTM cars or theGerman touring cam, the very first model produced was an Audi V8 driven by the stuck driver. The product range expanded later with the production of classic and modern road car models, the first 1/43 scale replica of a classic car was the Karmann Ghia of 1955. Later they also shifted their attention to the world of formula 1,with the creation of the first model 1/43 the Benetton B 192 driven by Michael Schumacher victorious in the Belgian Grand Prix. Along with the cars the production also expands to helmets and pilot figures, the first models of helmets in 1/8 scale were those of Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Damon Hill. A starting from 1996 also began the creation of the first motorcycle models, given the very high quality, BMW decided to produce the models of its bikes exclusively from Minichamps, thus was born the first replica in scale 1/24 the BMW R 1100.
Returning to the cars, the first model in 1/12 was instead a McLaren Honda MP4/4 of Ayrton Senna. We are in 1998 when Mercedes-Benz entrusts a Minichamps the development of a truck model in 1/43, Mercedes-Benz Atego. The following year the first 1/18 scale replica of a car of the past was born, exactly from 1964, we are talking about the Porsche 904 GTS.
In 2000 there was the creation of the first model of race bike that astounded everyone with its unparalleled level of detail, so it was presented in scale 1/12 the Ducati 996, it was an incredible success that led to the collaboration with other manufacturers of motorcycles such as Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha.
2002 is notable for the introduction of the collection dedicated a James Bond and for the creation of the first 1/2 scale models of racing helmets, many news also for the following year such as the first truck in 1/18 scale the Mercedes Benz L 6600 and the first classic motorcycle in 1/6 scale the Honda CB 750.
The following years were characterized by numerous awards and recognitions for the models Minichamps, in 2009 instead a whole range of racing and road cars in 1/64 scale was presented.
Minichamps is today one of the best manufacturers of collectible models in the world and we are proud to have on our site such a wide range of their products, including an entire line dedicated a Valentino Rossi.