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Franklin Mint 1:24 2009 Corvette ZR1 Coupe

Reviewed by:   Tony F Perrone
     
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The ZR1 nomenclature has been around for a while. And as with the Z06, it has recently been resurrected with great enthusiasm and to a whole new adoring crowd of Corvette fans. The Z06 reference first appeared as an option for the 1963 model year. ZR1 came later in 1970. It was a “special purpose engine package” that added $968.95 to your order. In 1971 the ZR1 option meant that the famed LT1 engine was in the car. Model year 1972 was the last such designation until the run of ZR-1’s surfaced in the era of 1990 to 1995. By ’95 the ZR-1 (notice the addition of the hyphen) boasted 405 horse power. It was then considered to be the fastest Corvette ever built and was affectionately known as the, “King of the Hill”.

When the 2002 Z06 returned, it too had 405 horse power. (The first reintroduced Z06 for 2001 had 385 horse power) The second generation Z’s, 2002 through 2004 (C6’s) were touted as the quickest Corvettes ever built. But during the best, and even faster and quicker, years of the Z06 in C6 form, rumors were all over the internet Corvette world of something even more wicked, this way comes. Each Corvette forum bristled with posts of a secret development and eventually their own forum category was based on these discussions of the code named, “Blue Devil”. Twin turbo-charged, some said. No, others insisted, it would be supercharged, or mid-engined; everyone had his or her own theory. Then just prior to 2009 the lid was blown and the word spread of the impending new “King of the Hill”.

Now enter The Franklin Mint’s new king of the hill diecast – it is simply sensational. To the delight of the cognoscente TFM has nailed the proper nuances of the new breed of fast AND quick! I am a big fan of their C5 and C6 models, especially the higher-techie pieces and pondered how they would eventually render the ZR1. About the only thing they left out was that which Chevrolet themselves left out – the supercilious hyphen! I wondered, too, how they would handle the carbon fiber roof with its extravagantly expensive fade-resistant clear coat finish. Do you want it now or later? Oh, why wait; it is brilliant, both in fabrication and quite literally. The rest all falls perfectly in place from there. Check out the hood – fiberglass! And two operational pneumatic piston ‘shock rods’ prop it up.

The matching carbon fiber side body kit and front fascia are as flawlessly made as the roof. The ZR1-specific tail spoiler was formulated exactly and the side fender vents, ceramic brake components, ZR1-specific wheels and even the 3ZR interior were built accurately. The doors open on internally sprung hinges, the way we like, and the suspension functions naturally while keeping the stance faithful and true. The chrome metal-foiled insignias are spot on, the exhaust system looks realistic and the trunk, engine and passenger compartments all compliment the flawless build.

All hail the new King and all hail FM’s valiant effort to bring us this, the first great precision diecast ZR1.

(05/11/2010)
 
 
  Franklin Mint 1:24 2009 Corvette ZR1 Coupe diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 2009 Corvette ZR1 Coupe diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 2009 Corvette ZR1 Coupe diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 2009 Corvette ZR1 Coupe diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 2009 Corvette ZR1 Coupe diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 2009 Corvette ZR1 Coupe diecast car

 
 
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Franklin Mint 1:24 2009 Corvette ZR1 Coupe

Franklin Mint 1:24 2009 Corvette ZR1 Coupe

 
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