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Published on Tue, Jun 22, 2004

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

Volkswagen wants $95,000 for the W12 Phaeton. Bicaji's sells it for $50.

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The Volkswagen Phaeton is one of the nicest cars that LA CAR staff have had the pleasure to sit in. It's one of the few sedans that truly can be called a work of art - particularly the interior. The fit and finish of the metal, wood, and leather that make up the interior is unmatched in its class.

I'd like to own one, but for the fact that I don't have $65,000 in loose change (the W12 version is even more expensive, at $95,000). So, I did the next best thing. I picked up a 1:18 scale model of the Phaeton at Bicaji's Model Collection store. Their 1:18 Phaeton is also a work of art, and also has a very impressive interior - right down to the soft-to-the-touch grey carpeting.

The model car collection at Bicaji's is breathtaking. Historic race cars, import tuners, exotic sports cars, lowriders, concept cars - you name it; chances are, they have it. According to store manager Bill Tran, their most popular models are the pimped out Cadillac Escalades and like vehicles that grace the covers of DUB magazine (I picked up one of those too).

You can check out their website at www.bicaji.com.

- Roy Nakano

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