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Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Chrysler New Yorker- Convertible

Reviewed by:   Tony Perrone
     
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Chrysler New Yorker- Convertible diecast car
 
 
 

Do you remember where you were when Danbury debuted their 1948 Chrysler Town & Country in 1994? It was such a monumental effort, especially for its time, that I can still think of it in terms of where I was and what I was doing when I first saw the replica in DM’s brochure. This is such a model. Remember the day as you view the car for the first time. It is extraordinary. In the same echelon as the 1948 Buick Roadmaster, this car has a commanding presence to it, both in real life and in the scale form of the modeler’s master craftsmanship.

Set off elegantly in Champion Blue, the New Yorker features an exquisite Highlander Plaid interior. Topping the model off is your choice of either a matching down-top boot in deep red, a maroon based shade rich in burgundy and regal brown tones, that offsets the red plaid vinyl seat patterning. The up-top is done in a tan Stayfast® fabric material as realistic as the one made by the original’s Haartz® Fabric Manufacturers. There are far too many and diverse differences between DM’s New Yorker and their ’48 Town & Country to chronicle. Suffice it to say that they not only did their homework on this diecast, as they usually do, but they did it in spades! Everywhere you look, there is a nuance or two change to justify me calling this a new tooling. I’m sorry, I just can’t bring myself to proclaim this a retool, it is deserving of so much more. Where the styling of the long flowing front fenders was lost on the T&C due to its attractive genuine woodwork adorning the sides of the car, it appears as if in an Oscar® award winning screen play on the New Yorker. Then, as if not enough, the rear fenders are mounted to the body over a photo-etched metal shim assembly only DM would have thought to duplicate. Check it out in the photos, it’s apparent. Photo-etch metal is also seen in delicately fashioned wipers. There are three up-top locating studs on the windshield top frame that are tiny metal pins too. DM added chrome foil hood scripts, in this case, “Chrysler New Yorker” in miniature. The doors remain on fantastic hinging pieces that allow them to operate as the real ones do, pivoting inward at the front. While we’re at it, let’s look more closely at the interior. The radio reads, “Chrysler” and “Highlander” and you can see the radio dial in the middle of the band scale as well as being able to read the clock; it’s 2:00 in diecast world. Yes, the same on the T&C. You will see the dual heating units under the dash, those gold Comfort Master™ units that Chrysler used in real life. Check out the column mounted shifter end knob; it’s crystal clear. The sun visors now flip up and down. The New Yorker has twin spotlights and twin outside rearview mirrors.

Wait until you lift the trunk lid and examine the hinges. Oh boy, this is new and exciting! Small, dual inboard hinge arms open and function with two genuine steel springs and they are located just above the spare tire and jacking tools. By the way, I like the way that DM has fabricated the rear license plate. Instead of the standard black letters on white and vice versa, the tag field is interior-matching maroon with white letters. Cool. Take the down-top boot off, you’ll think it was part of the model, it fits so well, and replace it with the fabric up-top. It fits equally as precise. It lends a totally different ‘look’ to the piece. There are separate metal buttons, a rear welt line and inside detailing. The engine has been revised and fully updated over the T&C model and is on par with any of today’s tech engine bays. I note one infinitesimal addition in particular that goes above and beyond the call of detail duty and trust me on this, it is not readily apparent to the naked eye, but under a 5x loupe, the fog lamps, at the tops of their chrome housings, exhibit a fine print. They say, “MoPar”! What a treat. Classic cars never looked as good in scale form as this blue beauty. This can make a post war car collection come alive in the blink of an eye. Don’t you owe it to yourself to let this model bring a smile to your face? I think you do.

If DM gave this model working suspension and lights and a horn that toots, I’d rate the effort an 11 on the Thrillometer scale of 10. Without that, I can only justify a 9.95, my third highest ranking to date next to the DM '69 Super Bee and new DM '48 Buick Convertible! Issue price is $115.

(07/13/2005)
 
 
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Chrysler New Yorker- Convertible diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Chrysler New Yorker- Convertible diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Chrysler New Yorker- Convertible diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Chrysler New Yorker- Convertible diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Chrysler New Yorker- Convertible diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Chrysler New Yorker- Convertible diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Chrysler New Yorker- Convertible diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Chrysler New Yorker- Convertible diecast car

 
 
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Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Chrysler New Yorker- Convertible

Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Chrysler New Yorker- Convertible

 
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