This is Danbury Mint’s next Preview Society release. Release the doves, the balloons and let the dancing in the streets begin. Oh come on Tony, is it really that exciting? Are you kidding me - do birds fly? This bird soars! As you know, DM has been serving up some mighty tasty T-Birds for the FoMoCo fan in everyone. High-tech specimens of the fifties through sixties versions, to date, have included the ’55, ’56 and ’57 cars, called the “Baby Birds” and this led us right into the “Square Bird” era with the incredible models they produced. There are the ’58, ’59 and ’60 model year cars all sharing high-technology craftsmanship. Now enters the first issue of the so-called, “Jet Bird” presentation. Models from 1964 through 1966 constitute this fourth generation group.
The Jet Birds grew to a length of 205 inches and rode on a wheelbase of 113 inches. The sixty-five bird featured minor cosmetic changes over the previous year and the sixty-six amended the grill and added a full-width tail light treatment over this model. But this sixty-five was the first to receive power front disc brakes and those sequential tail lights everyone was amazed with. This was one lovely automobile and DM brings out the best of the vintage in this new offering.
First, I love the color. In early photos, I was not sure that would be the case. But in person it is representative of the pastel colors we still associate with the mid-sixties. Diamond Blue is clean, pure and bright. The white convertible top just adds to the purity and the interior in medium metallic blue is another breath of fresh air. The DM Boyz pulled no punches in building in that exceptional quality we have all come to expect and enjoy. Just look at the car’s appointments and feature-rich replication. The door and hood hinges are high-tech. The doors close on spring-loaded pins and jamb for a tight shut line. The visors flip up and down and the trunk lid is pure genius. When you remove the convertible top, a bottom mounting panel comes with it.
This presents the opportunity for the trunk lid to lower back down and extend that same panel section for a flawless open air look. The fit of the top in place and then with the trunk lid lowered, is absolute perfection, as the front edge of the top locks into the windshield header. Oh, and speaking of which, thanks DM, for the tinted header on the windshield; nice touch. The simulated rearview mirror mounting point lends a large dose of realism. So does the hydraulic trunk lid operating pistons. And while looking back there, join me in wondering how DM captured all that detail in the power lines and hydraulic mechanism replication.
The interior will command your attention for a good amount of time. The steering wheel mimics the 1:1 car and tilts away for entry and exit ease. The center console opens and the seat backs fold forward. The detailing of the dash and door panels is wonderful. And of course you know what I’m about to tell you concerning the engine bay and chassis assembly – they will blow you away! Right; par for the DM course. The big V8 sits cramped in there among all the scaled wires, hoses, tubes and fluid lines. The air cleaner is huge and factory-stickered. Danbury uses metal lines to simulate the brake and transmission lines and the suspension components are right off the page of a sixty-five T-Bird ad.
The use of chrome metal-foil for the scripts and badges is excellent and although DM has taken some heat for them in the past, I have never had problems with them. These were covered with that magnetic plastic and they came off without a hitch. The up top has a terrific welt line top and bottom and they lend a real authentic look to the model. The paint is superb and the stance is spot on. All things considered, DM has done it again kids!
-Tony F Perrone