This is Danbury’s first 1968 model year Pontiac GTO. They have given us a ’67 in drop top and hardtop variants and the ’69 in convertible and coupe versions to bracket it, as well as a ’65. That one, too, was released in both top iterations. The ’68 Goat was completely restyled over the previous year’s model. All rubber bumpers, named Endura, gave the car a bumper-less appearance and the option of having hidden headlights totally transformed the grille area of the car compared to the ’67. The coupe version numbered 77,704 production units while this ragtop accounted for only 9,980 such vehicles.
DM chose a bright April Gold for the exterior and mated it to an Ivy Gold interior combo. A bold choice, but suitably beautiful. The white top contrasts well but you have the option of displaying the model with the gold ‘down top’. Would that be considered a triple gold alternate? I actually like it. Plus, it grants a terrific look inside the passenger’s lair affording a view of the great seat detail, belts and photo-etched buckles, white shift knob with detailed shift pattern and wood steering wheel. The dash, floor and door detailing are also welcome additions to the show. The sunvisors flip up and down and the driver’s side floor mat is realistic. The model is not based on new tooling; I’m thinking it emanates from the ’69 convertible originally issued in 2004.
The usual DM perfection of perfectly fitting pieces is highly evident here; the top boot and white convertible top fit flawlessly. Both doors, hood and trunk lid close tightly with minimal gapping, the suspension articulates well while holding an authentic ride stance and the paint is faultless. The trunk detailing includes the spare tire with jacking tools and instructional sticker on the inside lid. The engine is typical DM with all the obligatory bells and whistles.
Once again, Danbury has a knack for taking a previously issued image, changing what is necessary to make it a different model year and picking an awesome color to represent a wholly different and unique diecast replica. This gold-on-gold beauty is a fine example of that and looks as sharp and fresh as any such rendition I’ve seen lately.
-Tony F Perrone