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Danbury Mint 1:24 1968 Corvette Convertible- Pro Touring

Reviewed by:   Tony Perrone
     
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1968 Corvette Convertible- Pro Touring diecast car
 
 
 

Once again the car-guy gang at the Danbury Mint has coaxed an existing tool into yielding another fascinating custom/hot rod image. This time we find DM’s beautiful factory 1968 Corvette morph from a stock British Green butterfly to a custom purple bird of prey. Talk about your retro-cool. I see C4 donor parts blend into the early C3’s best features and produce a better machine than either ever aspired to be! From the front air dam to the ground effects side fairing, with integral side-exiting exhaust, to the huge dubs, this diecast compels our custom spirit.

Some Corvette fanatics swear that the most perfect form of Corvette is the “Mid Year”. That encompasses the 1963 through 1967 Corvette. Others maintain, with equal conviction, that the “Shark-Bodied” Corvettes, from 1968 through 1982, are what it’s all about. I can easily see both sides to that argument, and regularly oscillate between both. Suffice to say that either can be considered correct; albeit, for differing reasons. DM incorporated the sleek and slinky styling of the C3 with the modernization of speed and luxury tech of the C4 to make up a combination of yesterday and today. The body has largely been unaffected, save for the addition of the side fairing pieces and custom add-ons, such as big chromies and low-profile tires, a custom paint scheme and what I’d call, “Go Fast Pieces”, placed onboard, hither and yon.

DM’s in-house Corvette aficionado knows how to tweak a stock machine into a fantasy vehicle with the aplomb of Tiger Woods taking on his home golf course. We see the same loving attention applied to this replica as we do the ’65 Corvette Canyon Racer, ’55 Corvette Dry Lakes Racer and 1:12th ’57 Corvette Street machine – an interpretation of what yesterday’s cars with today’s-tech can ascertain. In my estimation, this is as solid an effort from DM as there has ever been. Ok, there are those who will disapprove of the irreverence of the paint scheme and interior color choice and those who will flip over it. Count me in the latter column. Pumpkin, Saddle, Sunset Orange or Tangelo, has become a staple for leather binders of top-level custom and hot rod interiors now for the last several years and the color is hot. Love it or hate it, it is what’s happening in today’s art craft of stitching up custom interior hides.

DM went the ‘Full Monty’ on detail craftsmanship. Just check out the photo-etch parts content. The racing belt harnesses are some of the best in the business. If they don’t do it for you, check out the steering wheel center and the awesome treatment of the foot pedals! The dash and center console is largely made up of C4 parts. The shift lever has the old-time cue ball added and when you flip open the rear deck lid you see the inspiration for the engine, a double shot of nitrous! Twin chrome NOS bottles feed twin lines, made of fine metal wire, through the floor and forward to the Vette’s motivation, a V8 dressed to the nines. The doors are mounted with inside hinges and snap shut faultlessly.

The hood opens with the help of a telescoping prop rod and shows off all the grand wiring and plumbing. Lots of chrome gives a show car appearance to the engine bay. The big chrome wheels and sick paint job (I heard that ‘sick’ is a good thing these days) grab your attention like a kiss on the face from a super model; the other kind of super model. The black top portion is as slick and glass-smooth as it gets. The purple underbelly is metallic and equally as glossy. The contrasting pumpkin stripes are bold on the hood bulge edges and razor fine as they delineate the top color from the bottom.

We find DM’s chrome metal foiled letters spelling out, “Corvette” on the rear end and a license plate reading, “PROTOUR”. The pop-up lights work, the visors flip up and the full sized chromie spare is removable from underneath. And you just got to check out the drilled rotors and big caliper brake detailing! This model jumps out from any collection and is a most welcomed new member to my Corvette diecast fleet.

(03/14/2007)
 
 
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1968 Corvette Convertible- Pro Touring diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1968 Corvette Convertible- Pro Touring diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1968 Corvette Convertible- Pro Touring diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1968 Corvette Convertible- Pro Touring diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1968 Corvette Convertible- Pro Touring diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1968 Corvette Convertible- Pro Touring diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1968 Corvette Convertible- Pro Touring diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1968 Corvette Convertible- Pro Touring diecast car

 
 
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Danbury Mint 1:24 1968 Corvette Convertible- Pro Touring

Danbury Mint 1:24 1968 Corvette Convertible- Pro Touring

 
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