Next up, in consideration of the 50th anniversary edition Corvette, is this brilliant little ’61 gem. Appropriately clothed in Jewell Blue, DM chose the black interior option, white coves and matching white top for the 2011 fifty year celebration of the ’61 Vette. By the way, the material on that white ‘up top’ is micro-fiber soft. The only previously issued 1961 Corvette from the Danbury Boyz is the Ermine White roadster with red interior. This model revamps that one with all its technology. Prior to its issue in 2008, Danbury actually released a ’61 late in 2003 as a ‘gasser’ in drag race attire.
The most striking aspect of this blue beauty is the color. Jewell Blue is a rich, deep color you wouldn’t normally associate with Corvettes; at least a “C-1” generation car. It is close to aC-3 Le Mans Blue offered in ’68 and ’69. The body style of the ’61 is certainly stylish in this color combo and the DM Boyz captured it brilliantly. The ’61 and ’62 model years hinted at things to come. Specifically, the tail end treatment held a styling cue destined for the ’63 Stingray. It was also the last year, for a long while, that the car sported a full scale trunk.
The diecast comes with all its ‘61 Ermine White brethren’s accoutrements: Internally-hinged doors, fantastically detailed engine bay, interior and chassis authenticity and the realistic trunk functionalities. Lift the trunk lid and you will see a removable rubber floor mat. Just like the real car. Under it is the removable flooring that reveals the spare tire. That, too, comes out for inspection. The interior’s elegance is evident at once; photo-etch metal buckles, incredible dash and center stack console details and working visors. Also carried forward are the working antenna and photo-etched metal wipers.
Where the DMB’s raised the bar is under the hood and its advertising. What I mean is, the white model was naturally aspirated; this gemstone sports a fuelie under the bonnet and the, “Corvette” script across the front and now the fenders, proclaim, “Fuel Injection” in new chrome metal foiling. So, too, is the “Chevrolet” red, white and blue insignia on the front portion of the white cove. The car carries the correct body color-matching blue wheel rims and the wheel covers are deeply detailed. The previously mentioned soft fabric up top boasts great detailing inside and out and replaces the auxiliary hard top that came with the white version.
The Boyz did a wonderful job on this 50th anniversary issue. So much more than a repaint, it is a revised and upgraded beauty. Dare I say it? It is definitely a ‘must have’!
-Tony F Perrone