The Danbury Mint has had a good run of Goats. You know, GTO’s, Grand Turismo Omologato’s, Gee-To’s. The car that helped define what muscle cars used to be, were, and might forever be. They’ve given us GTO’s in the form of its second year, 1965; some 1969 iterations and now the first 1967 model year. Styling was oh-so-cool by now. The squared styling of the Tempest, in ’64, gave rise by 1967, to stacked headlights, instead of the horizontal format, longer flowing lines and a more Coke bottle shaped figure overall. The GTO became sexy; sexy and fast!
DM sculpted up a gorgeous image and immortalized it in a deep grape-colored coating known to the Pontiac GTO tifosi as Plum Mist. Ok, it sounds like some fancy yuppie wine but, oh boy, does it kiss the hourglass styling with color and accentuate its lovely lines. The metallic is small scale but the clear coat is big time, glossy and perfect. Almost imperceptible is a faint and elegant black dual-pinstripe that runs the body’s full length. Danbury got the skinny part of the duo, the top stripe, about as fine as anything you are likely to see in this scale, ever. Another amazing feat is the chrome trim all around the window opening edges. They are separately fashioned pieces that make a fabulous detail advantage over rival diecast makers that may merely paint on chrome window surround simulations. DM didn’t stop there.
Look closely and you’ll find the same extensive treatment of the windshield, rear window and side vent panes; all encapsulated in chrome trim individually formulated in miniature. The lower body-side valances are also separately fashioned affairs and they run up and over the wheel wells adding a superior detailing touch. Another striking feature of the exterior realism is the chrome metal foiling treatment of the badging. There are three standard sized, “GTO” badges. One on the grille and two on the rear fenders. A smaller one lives on the trunk lid edge. Full GTO emblems, with diamond-shaped checkerboards, reside on the lower front corners of the lower chrome valance moldings. Completing the complement of small detail touches are tiny door lock buttons, separately formed door and trunk locks, a Pontiac hood ornament, awesome miniature vent wing latches, thin antenna and a flip-open rear license plate that reveals the gas filler cap.
DM filled every crevice of this beautiful model with demonstrable craftsmanship. The interior is like an art show of the model-makers trade. Open the internally hinged doors for a breathtaking view of the delicate gas pedal linkage, the delicate console-mounted shift lever, the grand detail of the seat belts and steering wheel, gauges and door handles. Flip the seatbacks forward and view the rear seat texture and fabric belts. Even in the trunk we find miniature illusion masquerading as a 1:1 car. The spare is removable and allows a better look at the trunk mat and jack. Scaled jacking instructions are stuck to the underneath of the trunk lid and we see that the trunk is wired along the driver’s side hinge. The splatter paint trunk sides are realistic too. Chassis-wise we see DM at their best, crafting real-looking trans linkage, emergency cabling and offering working suspension while maintaining perfect model stance.
Engine bays remain DM’s best trick in fooling us into believing that these little treasures can actually be started up and driven into our daydreams. Once again they built in those wondrous scissors spring hinges that really work authentically. The use of actual paint colors to the real car grants an accurate look at the whole of the motor compartment. The power braking system is shown in two different metallic colors and that technique is carried lower to the engine oil pan, transmission and drive shaft. But above, it is the absolute tiny metal brake lines, scaled wiring, hoses and fuel lines that sell the illusion of the model as a 1:1. DM fashioned a readable hood-mounted tach and detail-rich scoop above the Poncho’s motor just to finish the daydream appropriately.
This is, in my estimation, is the finest rendition of a 1:24th scale GTO out there today.