1:32 was once so common a scale for toy trains, autos, and soldiers that it was known as “standard size” in the industry. 1:32 is a common scale for agricultural vehicles manufactured by Siku and Britains. 1:32 was also the scale used for slot car racing, I had a lot of fun as a kid racing Scalextric cars around the track (I had a BMW 3.0 CSL, an Austin Healey and a six wheeled Tyrell-Ford), I don’t have any Scalextric now 😦 , but I do have around a dozen model cars in 1:32 scale.
In my collection I have more models of Mustangs, Corvettes and 911s than any others. Above an example of each in 1:32.
Kinsmart have a range of scales from 1:32 to 1:40, I think their intention is to have all there cars roughly the same size, so the smaller cars in real life are more likely to be scaled in 1:32 like the AC Cobra and Lotus Exige.
Bburago have many models at 1:32. I know someone who likes this Capri:
1:32 doesn’t offer the same level of detail as 1:24, but it takes up less space. I know, just call me Captain Bleedin’ Obvious.
Last week, I picked up a few figures in 1:32 with the idea of possibly making some dioramas in the future or adding extra interest to my photos of model cars.
The rationalisation of hobby scales has been gradual and organic—largely driven by clubs lobbying industry, as well as tradition, and indirectly, consumer demand. 1:32 was a common scale for military vehicles when I was a child, but now they tend to be 1:35. As a child my friends and I used to line up 1:32 soldiers in two camps and then mow them down with diecast cars (in around 1:64 scale). Military vehicles are outside my interests these days, I prefer to collect model sports cars, a Lamborghini Miura holds more attraction for me than a T34 tank.