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Danbury Mint 1:24 1971 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed

Reviewed by:   Tony Perrone
     
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1971 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car
 
 
 

Four years into the “Shark” body styling, starting with the third generation (C3) 1968 Corvette, Chevrolet was deep into naming their Corvette colors after race related subjects; like famous race tracks. Eight of the eleven available colors for Corvette in1970 had names such as this one, Mulsanne Blue, named for the famous Mulsanne Straight at the track in LeMans, France. Of the 10 Corvette color choices available for ’71, half had race related names. Carried over from 1970, this was perhaps the most attractive shade of blue that any Corvette had been painted to date; it was rich and deep with just the right hint of metallic. It is the kind of blue that you can only envision if you’ve spent time in a tropical paradise surrounded by deep crystal blue water. Did you have any doubt that Danbury would capture it so exquisitely?

As with all DM reoccurring variants of a common theme, they take great pains in making color and option choices differ from one another. No more is this especially true than with their Corvette releases. They get changed up, preventing boredom or predictability. This offering is a coupe. The aforementioned beautiful color choice of RPO 976, Mulsanne Blue, with black interior was inspirationally chosen. The model opts for Corvette’s M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic tranny. It comes with the Turbo Fire 350 mill and Rally Wheels. And pardon the pun, but how cool is the optional air conditioning? And since DM’s new practice of giving us accurate tire lettering, the Good-Year white letter tires are more than welcome enhancements to this visual feast. Power steering and brakes are optioned out and the Custom Shoulder Belts are correct since they were standard for the coupe that year. I’ll let you discover any and all other potential option choices.

This diecast is an off-shoot of up-to-date model technology and does not elongate any older product tooling. Based from their ’68 and ’69 convertibles and ‘69 ZL-1 coupes, the door hinges are internally mounted and the model has all the good stuff that modern day replicas afford us collectors. The hood opens with extending piston-type prop rod. It affords a look at the star attraction, DM’s magical scale detailing. They’ve really got this miniature labeling thing down pat! They have excelled at recreating the manufacturer’s stickers. Caution and spec information, air cleaner decals, A/C compressor labels and even the GM hose markings are scaled flawlessly. And once again I applaud DM’s use of the modeler’s technique of utilizing proper paint base in replicating the finish of certain engine parts. Some need to be more on a flat basis than glossy and DM hits that aspect of modeling out of the park. Take a look at the silver-gray of the alternator, the header and exhaust shade nuances, the brake cylinder cap and the vacuum compression canister. All, so real. The proper use of model art materials is also readily seen in simulating 1:1 objects like brake cylinder cap hold-downs, rubber fan belt, fuel lines, hoses and plug wires. It builds a viable reality into the model.

The suspension is just as realistic. It does not over-modulate and the wheels do not just go up and down within a suspension member. The front wheels utilize the upper and lower control arms. The entire front and rear independent componentry moves like the ’71 Vette it portrays. The spare tire carrier opens to allow the removal of the fifth wheel, a perfect replication of the wheel, without its chrome trim ring and white lettered tire. The gas filler lid opens and I already filled you in on the door hinges. Chrome metal foil affords gorgeous exterior emblems. Two, “Stingray” scripts on either front fender and “Corvette” block letters on the rear facing tail light valance, help sell the detail and believability of the miniaturization process. Seeing the best view of the interior is handled by removal of the T-tops. They are fitted with two tiny pegs, fore and aft, that hold the roof panels in place even if you turn the model over to examine the underbelly. No undue movement or falling off here; I love it. The sunvisors flip up and down. The seats are genuine leather with the shoulder belts going through the seat tops. From the operational storage bin covers to the seat belt retractability to the incredible dash, gauge and controls detail, the interior is one of the best out there, bar none.

A completely lovely image and of a needed Corvette year, the model’s stance, shape, color and options make this a more than welcome addition to any collection. Available only to previous subscribers to the limited edition Corvette series, the issue price is $135.

(06/04/2006)
 
 
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1971 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1971 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1971 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1971 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1971 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1971 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1971 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1971 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1971 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1971 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

 
 
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Danbury Mint 1971 Corvette Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

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Year: 1971 Color: Mulsanne Blue
Make: Corvette Code: 1386
Model: Coupe- Nbr Ltd Ed
  Our Price: $189.95    Points to Redeem: 2714
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