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Highway 61 1:24 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T- Independent Retailer- Nbr Ltd Ed

Reviewed by:   Tony F Perrone
     
  Highway 61 1:24 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T- Independent Retailer- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car
 
 
 

Highway 61 made the plunge into the 1:24th scale diecast arena last year, 11/09, and rendered a really nice Challenger R/T. More on the construction in a minute. They offered the Dodge muscle car in fruit flavors orange, lime and grape. Don’t get me wrong, I actually like the cars in these colors but back the truck up and recall, “date night” when you were in the seventies. These were not the colors of my cars. Nor were they for Vinny. He put the Philly Mint to work with H61 to produce the quintessential Challenger of the times, a triple black beauty with the pizzazz that rocked our parking lots, if not our world’s back then. And just in case the triple black coupe wasn’t enough to make you drool, he added a stable mate with white interior. Now ‘gorgeous’ has two names.

The white interior model will be individually numbered and will match the serial number of your triple black Challenger, #1 through 150. But just so you know, both of these babies are a total bargain in my estimation. H61 did a great job of giving the collector a great value in balance of technology to cost. You won’t find scissors spring hinges beneath the hood but unless you display your car models with their mouth open, you won’t miss them; or their cost. But you will get a faithful reproduction of stance and body fidelity, internally hinged doors, operational steering, great engine detail, working suspension - springs up front and just the right ‘give’ in back. Metal-foiled scripts are scaled and crisp, the interior is well crafted and the chassis is realistic, down to the overspray technique of the original.

At this price point, I really cannot imagine what else a collector might need to fulfill a desire to own a great scale model of the R/T in 1:24th or to get it in these color combos. Vinny did a great job putting this together and for a little insight as to why I’m going to end this review and give you his own words: “A shout-out goes to my late boss, Tom Pilla, of Ben Pilla Speed Shops from 1970-1974. His car was the inspiration for this image. Same car but a 440 and he used to let me take it across the street to the Texaco Station for gas and air.”

Vinny went on to say, “Tom Pilla was the man to see in the '60s-'70's for speed parts in the Delaware Valley. Good friend of Linda Vaughn, Joe Hrudka of Mr. Gasket, Norm Fryer and Grumpy Jenkins. They all passed through his store in Bellmawr, NJ. He died of leukemia only a couple years ago. A true icon of the muscle car era in this area. I miss him, he was a good friend.” You need to make a reservation for the white interior car by July 9th so get moving. Call 1-800-227-7301 in the US or 1-856-228-0152 International to order or go online to www.phillymint.com.

(06/25/2010)
 
 
  Highway 61 1:24 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T- Independent Retailer- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

Highway 61 1:24 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T- Independent Retailer- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

Highway 61 1:24 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T- Independent Retailer- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

Highway 61 1:24 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T- Independent Retailer- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

Highway 61 1:24 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T- Independent Retailer- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

Highway 61 1:24 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T- Independent Retailer- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

Highway 61 1:24 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T- Independent Retailer- Nbr Ltd Ed diecast car

 
 
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Highway 61 1:24 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T- Independent Retailer- Nbr Ltd Ed

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