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Franklin Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396

Reviewed by:   Tony Perrone
     
  Franklin Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 diecast car
 
 
 

This is The Franklin Mint at its finest. During FM’s corporate redefinition period, Danbury Mint, and to a lesser degree, GMP, raised the 1:24th precision bar of detail and functionality exponentially with their many new release models. With the minor exception of hood scissors-springs hinges, this diecast replica exhibits every bit of ‘catch-up’ technology that places it square in the middle of the 1:24th precision boxing ring all over again. Is this particular image worthy of a major title bout? Probably not, since it is not what I would personally consider an all-out ‘clamor-for’ model, but it is certainly an important enough image to consider as a main event attraction, at the very least. From the standpoint of major muscle it is definitely a heavy weight in a heavy weight era of legendary big guns. So when it comes to FM reentering the precision Mint car battles, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes would say, “The game’s afoot.” This model’s development and release harkens back to the hey-day that was FM in diversity of image and execution of stance, style and accuracy. Should DM and GMP worry? Well, no, unless they decide to rest on their laurels to date. Will they? I sincerely doubt it, so expect this and subsequent FM images to pique the competition and assure us collectors of a plethora of new and forthcoming exciting images from all of the precision top contenders in the future.

FM pulled out all the stops on this all new tooling. First let’s look at the image, its detail and its workings. The shape, ride height stance and overall symmetry of the piece is dead-balls-accurate. The paint is lavishly applied and the fit is excellent. This would include the stripe alignment, chrome trim around windshield and rear glass, absolute minimal gaps and opening panel closures. All external badging is chrome metal foiled, right up to date. The doors swing inward in front and open on internal spring hinges. Right up to date. The chassis exhibits great definition of detail with its working suspension componentry and the brake fluid lines and drive shaft markings. The trunk shows an authentic splatter paint floor and the spare carries a well defined jack stand base and wing nut fastener. The trunk underlid shows off warning labels and jacking instructions. Inside we find great attention to detail with amazing little floor mats emblazoned, up front, with, “Chevelle” and all are done in black and white on a black flocked carpet. The dash, console and steering wheel are not immune to detail fabrication and the seats have separately fashioned belts front and rear. The tires are white lettered and the wheels are detailed nicely as well. The scale forming of outside rearview mirrors and metal radio antenna are welcome and the inside door handles and window cranks follow suite.

FM’s best mission statement is read under the hood. The brake master cylinder and power assist unit is painted realistically in flat gold. There is realistic labeling all over the engine and radiator cross member. The labeling on the air cleaner is awesome too. Easily readable is, “396” and “Turbo-Jet 375 HP”. The engine wiring, windshield washer bottle and photo-etched wipers add a sense of scale and authenticity that makes up a nice package of miniaturization. This issue packs a nice, almost unexpected, punch. It places, almost single-handedly, the FM diecast reemergence squarely back in contention for our diecast dollars. The model is a true knock-out. The issue price is $120.

(12/02/2005)
 
 
  Franklin Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 diecast car

 
 
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Franklin Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396

Franklin Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396

 
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