I was a high school junior in '63 and totally car crazy. The neighbor behind us was a writer and with the advance on his latest book, he bought a brandy new silver split window fastback. As it was parked in a carport, I could just stare out my bedroom window day after day green with envy admiring those beautiful lines. The future was now and parked a mere 60 feet away from me.
The first Corvette diecast I bought was the venerable Franklin Mint model in Riverside Red. It was OK. I did some paint detailing and aftermarket badging to try to make it passable but frankly I preferred the crisper body casting on the plastic promo.
I just picked up AUTOart's coupe in the same Riverside Red and what a difference two decades make! This baby's the real deal capturing the look and stance of the 1:1. AUTOart put the money into the exterior and the cockpit. It's just dead on with quality content, fit and finish. The engine compartment is so-so. I like the metal hinged hood support and the overall "2 foot" look of the engine bay but the engine itself is somewhat on the crude and plasticy side. It's not a deal breaker for me, but if you want to display a '63 with the guts hanging out, dig a bit deeper into your wallet and get the GMP model. Me, I just want to sit and stare at those lovely lines like I did 48 years ago.
For a more comprhensive review of this model see Rusty Hurley's review of the Daytona Blue LE coupe (AA71181)..