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West Coast 1:24 1961 Chevrolet Impala Coupe SS/409- Nbr Ltd Ed of 1500

Reviewed by:   Tony Perrone
     
  West Coast 1:24 1961 Chevrolet Impala Coupe SS/409- Nbr Ltd Ed of 1500 diecast car
 
 
 

Following up to their initial ground-breaking simultaneous release of four 1959 Impalas, instantly establishing WCPD as a legitimate player in the 1:24th field, they have once again come to play with the big boys. This time we see an upgraded diecast Impala in 1961 form. As before, there are four iterations; two convertibles and two coupes. The ’61 drop tops are found in two tasty flavors; Coronna Cream and Twilight Turquoise. The coupe versions are SS/409 street machines in bad boy Tuxedo Black and its sibling dressed in alter boy-clean Ermine White. And once again each car model comes with removable wheel covers, held in place with small center magnets. The 409 has spinners. But that is where some similarities end and even better detail than before starts to kick in.

The body alignment, panel fit, shape and the stance integrity of the piece is outstanding. The doors, on internal hinges, fit precise and line up remarkably well. They snap shut securely. The hood, on operational scissors hinges, fits flush when closed and opens suitably well for engine viewing. WCPD paid a considerable amount of attention to the various differences between coupe and convertible and the build shows these exacting accomplishments well. The convertible is powered by the venerable 348 V-8 while the Super Sport coupe gets the potent 409. Both engine compartments are chock full of every detail trick in the precision diecast art playbook. Scaled plug wiring, battery cables, brake cylinder lines, genuine throttle return springs and radiator overflow tubing is all readily visible. The labeling is crisp and precise and the insulation under the hood is simulated extremely well. Even the Rock Crusher four speed tranny has been duplicated along with the proper blue stripe on the driveshaft. Turn the rear wheels and the shaft revolves. Both cars show exceptional detail on the chassis build. Metal wire brake lines are fabricated to scale and the suspension, operational, is fabulous. The front suspension arms articulate up and down and not merely a spring assembly within them. The steering dampening system works and the this time around the steering is not just posable. But to be on the safe side turn the front wheels with your fingers and not with just the steering wheel. The rear suspension components are cool. Genuine coil springs are in place with working shocks, twin suspension arm links and anti-roll bar link.

Externally, the cars are similar with crisp graphics in the form of miniature letters spelling out, “Chevrolet” on the front of the cars and the crossed flags and Impala emblems on the rear fender inserts. Additionally, the SS designation is seen on the 409 Coupe. The trunks are somewhat different. The 409 has a center mounted spare while the drop top spare mounts to the side. Both have opening gas filler doors. The very top of the coupe’s rear windows, when rolled all the way down, are seen ever so slightly. WCPD duplicated that. Nice touch. There is also a dual grillwork affect to the coupe rearward of the window and just prior to the trunk opening. That was not missed either. Inside the interior work is very gratifying for the detail-hungry among us collectors. It isn’t real easy on the coupe but both cars feature opening ash trays and glove boxes. Sharpen those toothpicks! You’ll notice a photo-etched set of keys dangling from the ignition and the shift pattern painted on the shift ball. The coupe has a grab bar on the passenger’s dash. The seats are deeply embossed and the fit of both the up top and boot on the convertible was very nicely done. The up top is not done in a fabric but the texture is realistic and the rear welt line simulated well. The visors work on the convertible but not on the hard top version.

WCPD has come a long way in a short time between the ’59 and the ’61. Keep up the good work team, it shows and we look forward to what is yet to come. Thrillometer readings generate 9.75 and 9.8 for the convertible and coupe respectively.

(09/07/2005)
 
 
  West Coast 1:24 1961 Chevrolet Impala Coupe SS/409- Nbr Ltd Ed of 1500 diecast car

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West Coast 1:24 1961 Chevrolet Impala Coupe SS/409- Nbr Ltd Ed of 1500

West Coast 1:24 1961 Chevrolet Impala Coupe SS/409- Nbr Ltd Ed of 1500

 
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