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Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Dodge Charger Pro Street Machine

Reviewed by:   Tony Perrone
     
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Dodge Charger Pro Street Machine diecast car
 
 
 

Right from the git go I will state straight up, that in my personal opinion, this is DM’s most awesome drag car yet! They have given us a number of race-bred vehicles, some incredible quarter mile performers among them, but this release blows them all away. Yes, yes, even my beloved Corvette split window Pro Mod drag machine and just barely ahead of the phenomenal 1969 Ford Mustang Boss Nine Pro Street car. This chartreuse Charger is ‘cool’ personified. Keep in mind as you look at the photos here, engine shots specifically, that this is a 1:24th scale diecast model. You know, it’s not necessarily incumbent on Danbury to rise to this level of sophisticated detail for race diecasts. Let’s face it, who else in the so-called mint 1:24th field today is offering race versions of their standard car inventory? They are the only game in town when it comes to precision race iron. They need only make slight transformations to their showroom stock street vehicle line-up and most would be happy. But not DM. No, the boys in Connecticut seem to have high octane running through their veins and a liberal dose of tire smoke in their nostrils and thank goodness for the results. They have gone overboard with innovative scale goodies loaded up everywhere there is a place for your eye to fall on this little green quarter-miler.

For starters, there are photo-etched metal parts everywhere. They’re on the removable rear wing in the form of Dzus clips. There are metal mounting pins in the trunk to align that wing, four more up front to position the hood; they pierce the way-cool photo-etched pin surrounds on the blacked-out hood. Exhaust exits are done up as photo-etched SuperTrapps. There is a metal radiator capping piece, inside door panels in replicated sheet aluminum and a bright metal driveline strap. And the photo-etched metal air filtration unit perched atop those twin four barrels simply must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. (It is even scribed with, “Edelbrock”.) Speaking of the hood; ya got choices galore. Oh you can display it open. You can display it closed. You can display it with the scoop in place or you can slide that scoop off and show it without. You can position the air cleaner in place or take it off to show the dual quads, but ya doesn’t hasta call me Johnson. Oops, sorry, I got lost in a time warp there for a moment.

As with all DM’s shiny little soldiers, the paint on this Pro Street warrior, in retina-damaging Sublime Green, is an inch deep and, especially the gloss black rear fender, “HEMI” billboard segmentation, as glossy as a wet mirror at midnight. Take off the wing. Now, take off the hood and open both doors. Can you believe all of this detailing? Uh huh, it’s as subtle as a Chicago brick thrown through the living room window! Check it out – the photo-etched metal license plate frame houses the Mopar Performance tag, leading your eye to the drag chute, tethered dutifully through the wheelie bars. (The wheels actually spin free.) Inside the trunk are housed twin-cabled batteries, twin electric, high-flow fuel pumps, a cool fuel cell replete with clear tank filler tubing from the race filler cap outside and even a paint-matching black trunk logo exclaiming the car’s ‘R/T’ heritage. This theme is carried over into the passenger’s compartment, on the rear bulkhead between the huge wheel tubs. And while we’re on the subject, just marvel at the ingenious detail in this interior. We have a full roll cage, complete with foam rubber covered bars with metal tie-down straps to cushion the brave passengers. An obnoxiously cool chartreuse and black seat scheme, twin Sublime-colored NOS bottles, a fire extinguisher bottle, nifty gauges and photo-etched steering wheel center and photo-etched, “Charger” and “R/T” badgings on the glovebox. The former matches the ones on either sail panel of the roof. There’s the prerequisite MSD ignition box on the passenger’s side footwell, larger-than-life tach with shift light and even a photo-etched ignition key dangling from the dash. Oh yeah, the driver left his or her, “Mopar” magazine on the console. And you just have to check out the drag chute pull device hanging from the ceiling!

The mechanicals include Dodge Viper brakes, a remote-located oil filter, aluminum oil sump and an oil cooler plumbed inside the radiator front edge! The twin carbs feature enormously cool fuel lines and incredible linkage, the likes of which you may never see enough of. The wiring is outstanding as is the overall plumbing. Yeah, the model has all the details, unexpected and completely astonishing. My goodness, we even have the Dodge Ram logo showing up on the custom race wheel center caps for crying out loud! This could have just as easily been a model presentation from the US Air Force because it is above and beyond! Here’s a model that you can look at for a month and not see the same thing twice. And as far as the Thrillometer is concerned we may as well judge the model like a dog show. Don’t laugh, I’m serious. Dogs are not judged one against the other but to the standard of their breed. So for the standard of the Pro Street, DM deserves a fair and equitable 10!! Yeah buddy!

(02/03/2006)
 
 
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Dodge Charger Pro Street Machine diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Dodge Charger Pro Street Machine diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Dodge Charger Pro Street Machine diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Dodge Charger Pro Street Machine diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Dodge Charger Pro Street Machine diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Dodge Charger Pro Street Machine diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Dodge Charger Pro Street Machine diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Dodge Charger Pro Street Machine diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Dodge Charger Pro Street Machine diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Dodge Charger Pro Street Machine diecast car

 
 
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Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Dodge Charger Pro Street Machine

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Dodge Charger Pro Street Machine

 
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