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Danbury Mint 1:24 1996 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed

Reviewed by:   Tony Perrone
     
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1996 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car
 
 
 

With all due deference to Los Bravos, DM’s ’96 Vette typifies “Black is Black” and this model sings that tune in perfect harmony. This replica may only be purchased by subscribers of DM's Limited Edition Corvette series. Their groundbreaking model of the first Corvette, the 1953 roadster, was the leadoff car in the series. Other issues are the '60, '64 and '69 Corvettes. Although essentially the same model as the standard issue 1995 ZR-1 in yellow; this rendition, the 1996 coupe, takes on a completely new air of elegance and sophistication, painted so formally in black. The last year for the C4, this model typifies the extent of the technology that grew into the generation’s 14-year model run. The base engine remained as a 350 ci 300 hp V8, but the optional LT-4 with 350 ci and 330 hp was the way to fly. All of the electronic wizardry had reached its crescendo by ’96 but eclectically the Corvette purists were treated to two special edition cars that year. The Collectors Edition in Sebring Silver metallic and the Grand Sport in Admiral Blue with white stripe and red fender hash marks, also known as LeMans fender accent stripes. Both editions came in convertible and coupe forms. Will this diecast model be a jump off point for either of those? I don’t know but I would suggest not waiting for them while passing this one up, you might kick yourself later, it is done that well.

I mentioned the color as formal. The paint on this model is the richest and shiniest I have seen to date in a black diecast. DM has reached their own pinnacle in paint technique apparently. The finish is mirror-like. The only daylight to distract the car’s essence of midnight is the wheel treatment, the marker lights and taillights and the two chrome foil emblems fore and aft. The wheels are a blend of polished aluminum and chrome-like bright work. The contrasting interior is black and gray. As with the ’95 model, the dash, console and seats are exquisitely finished. The visors go up and down and the doors are on those hidden hinges that we all love so much. The top panel stores into the rear-opening hatch but also fits perfectly in place giving you the choice of ultimate display. The hatch is on two operational prop rods and closes precisely. The gas filler lid opens to display the gas cap. In the rear bumper we now see the correct change from the ’95 model, the third brake light. Also changed is the ZR-1's six-speed stick for the four-speed auto in the '96 car. Underneath is not exempt from detail; we see a marvel in realism, the heat shielding between the exhaust and the floor pan. The front and rear suspension is usual DM excellence.

You will see the functioning hide-away lights carried over from the previous C4 replica, and the fit is very bit as good and clean. Under the clamshell hood you will see every nuance of the model makers art. The wipers are precision made, the engine is flawlessly plumbed and wired and the tire tread pattern is accurately depicted. Plastic-coated wire, metal lines and vinyl hoses all help in the masterful reproduction of this beautiful miniature scale model. FM may have more but DM’s 1:24th Corvette’s are quickly becoming legendary in their own time. Drool-meter index rating of 5 out of 5! The issue price is $135.

(04/05/2004)
 
 
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Danbury Mint 1:24 1996 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1996 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

 
 
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Danbury Mint 1:24 1996 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed

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