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Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Lincoln Premiere- Convertible- Ltd Ed of 5000

Reviewed by:   Tony Perrone
     
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Lincoln Premiere- Convertible- Ltd Ed of 5000 diecast car
 
 
 

Even while enjoying the widespread success of Danbury’s ’56 Premiere coupe release, talk of a follow-up convertible almost instantly ensued amongst the diecast faithful. People reasoned that it was inevitable. Discussions of color began at the same time and some held that this particular paint shade would win out. It was all the rage back in the day so it would only be rational to use it on the drop top version. Pastels would probably not make as big of an impact cloaking the cars of today. Maybe a cute little mini-car targeting the younger generation of today’s buyers could get away with one or two pastel shades but the exceptionally broad array of cars painted in these colors back then was truly remarkable. For 1955 through 1957, there were several forms of pastoral greens, ocean shades and the pinkish-toned palette of hues offered by Lincoln. They were so representative of the land yachts of the fifties. There was Cashmere Coral, Taos Turquoise and Summit Green. Fast forward to ’57 and we saw Bermuda Coral, Flamingo, Willow Green-Blue and Seascape Blue. In the year this car was built, 1956, Lincoln used Island Coral (I had no idea there were so many shades of Coral), Champlain Blue, Amethyst and Wisteria. Amethyst has overtones of pink mixed with a modicum of blue. Wisteria, like the flowering vine that lends its name, is an off-shoot of pastel lavender. 1956 is the only year that I can find where Lincoln offered this color on one of their fifties machines. A perfect choice for this model, to represent this year? In my mind the answer is a resounding, “yes”. It so typifies the pastel era of that time in automotive manufacture. One last thing about the color. No other choice would ‘fit’ quite so well displayed next to Danbury’s hard top, in Island Coral.

The drop top iteration shares all the goodies, the form, fit, detail and function, found on the hard top but adds a few distinctive touches as well. This car did not come with the air conditioning option; open air driving purists must have frowned on that frivolity, so DM refashioned the engine bay accordingly. So while you may miss the associated A/C gadgetry you will still appreciate the phenomenal model craftsmanship under the hood. You also benefit from new parts and pieces that come only with the rag top. DM not only fabricated the new soft top, (remind me to tell you about this little treasure) but they fashioned the boot and even a fabric simulation of the rear storage space behind the rear seats as well. The view into the open car, sans roof, is unblocked and spectacular. The dash is grand and so stylish, even for today. The sunvisors, a two-toned affair, flip up and down. The steering wheel has excellent detail, so do the door panels and floor. The seats fold forward to reveal separately fashioned grab-straps attached to the seat backs. The center arm rest folds down in the back seat and what’s that under the dash on the passenger’s side? Could it be one of those cool little period pieces that were all the rage back then? Why yes, yes it is; a tissue dispenser. DM made it so it swings out for the seat occupant to pull out a Kleenex or two. Moving rearward be sure to notice the gold metal foiled scripts. Delicately fashioned, they are scaled perfectly. You may remove the skirts, but the car doesn’t look half as good without them. The trunk opens wide to afford a cavernous look inside. The hinges are scaled right and the inside of the trunk lid shows off terrific detail. Weather stripping is simulated, a jacking instruction label is affixed, the floor mat is realistic and the spare and accessories are in place. On the higher shelf toward the rear seat back is a boot bag; another nice touch. The license plate flips open to give access to the gas cap. As with the hard top, the chassis is replete with details galore. The suspension, chassis fittings, metal lines, tranny and exhaust system all combine to pull off a dazzling charade designed to make you believe that you are looking at the genuine 1:1 article. It would work too if only it weren’t for the limited edition plate. It’s a nice reality check.

Some of the better detail work is still in the engine bay. The scissors hinges have never looked any finer than they do here and they work faultlessly. When closed the hood aligns beautifully and it opens wide to grant you a good look beneath it. All the modelers artistry is found lurking here; impeccable engine lettering, air cleaner labeling, scaled wiring, plumbing and hose-work. Even a nice dipstick appears at the ready for the driver to check the oil level before a sunny day’s cruise. But in the case of inclement weather you will certainly enjoy the up-top once in place. It fits as snug and precise as the real one should. And as promised, an extra little note on the top. The covering is a great fabric simulation; feels real as can be. But the additional detailing beneath is astounding. Separate little chrome pieces carry forward a realistic presentation right down to the simulated gold zipper the operator uses to unfold the rear vinyl window before dropping the top.

If you want an elegantly crafted model of an elegant classic of the fifties, you’d be hard pressed to find one better than this little jewel. A perfect little model in the perfect period color.

(07/30/2006)
 
 
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Lincoln Premiere- Convertible- Ltd Ed of 5000 diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Lincoln Premiere- Convertible- Ltd Ed of 5000 diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Lincoln Premiere- Convertible- Ltd Ed of 5000 diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Lincoln Premiere- Convertible- Ltd Ed of 5000 diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Lincoln Premiere- Convertible- Ltd Ed of 5000 diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Lincoln Premiere- Convertible- Ltd Ed of 5000 diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Lincoln Premiere- Convertible- Ltd Ed of 5000 diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Lincoln Premiere- Convertible- Ltd Ed of 5000 diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Lincoln Premiere- Convertible- Ltd Ed of 5000 diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Lincoln Premiere- Convertible- Ltd Ed of 5000 diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Lincoln Premiere- Convertible- Ltd Ed of 5000 diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Lincoln Premiere- Convertible- Ltd Ed of 5000 diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Lincoln Premiere- Convertible- Ltd Ed of 5000 diecast car

 
 
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Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Lincoln Premiere- Convertible- Ltd Ed of 5000

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