This could easily be all about DBR’s, plain and simple. The boys at The Danbury Mint have built an awful lot of DBR’s into this very exceptional model. What are DBR’s? Simply put, Diecast Bragging Rights. For the folks who have purchased new cars, the bragging rights come as part of ownership, if not straight from the option list. A new model anything usually had it all over the neighbor’s six year old Whatevermobile. Design and feature implementation generally spelled, ‘mine’s-better-than-yours’ in an upgraded sort of car world. Well the same holds true in the diecast world. This little issuance has a ton of DBR-appeal.
DM has made exemplary use of the forty-one Chevy tooling. It’s rendered the “Belle of the Ball” in 1997 with the initial precision ’41 Chevy DeLuxe Cabriolet and wormed its way into our hearts and wallets in the Custom Hot Rod, LE in Maroon and DeLuxe Coupe variants. But in this latest version, fully outfitted as a woody station wagon, expect your heart, if not your wallet, to open up to twice its normal capacity. Painted in Maple Brown, this was an inspired color choice. The genuine wood panels along the sides and tail of the model contrast warm and well with the deep chestnut color and the matching fabric-feel top and interior lend a masterfully elegant touch to the exterior.
DM built opening rear windows into the model which features, not two, but four internally hinged doors, a folding tailgate tethered by realistically scaled chains and an upward opening rear window sliding out and back on miniature metal guides. The rear passenger’s third seat is removable and held in place, once again, by magnets. A special tweezers tool is included with the diecast but not really needed. The chassis detail and working rear suspension is beautifully crafted and the taillight assembly pivots down when the tailgate is laid flat.
The antenna is scaled thin and the interior is a treasure in its own right. It is like the real thing in perfectly executed miniature. And the engi9ne bay is strictly DM-magic. All the right elements are in place from the detailed wiring and plumbing to the fuel lines and hoses. You’ll not want to place this next to an inferior, ‘old-school’ model; the bragging rights might just be too much for the older offering. No, I’d set it somewhere special for all to see and hear all about what it does. It’s nice to have rights, but so much better to have DBR’s!
-Tony F Perrone