1950 The Dream Truck Custom Chevrolet Diecast Model

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Danbury Mint 1950 Chevrolet The Dream Truck Custom diecast car
Customer Rating: 10 stars
  • Year: 1950
  • Brand: Danbury Mint
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Code: DM1593
  • Model: The Dream Truck Custom
  • Scale: 1:24
  • Color: Pearl White w/Purple accents

Over the years Danbury Mint has treated us to rods, customs and fantasy vehicles. They’ve mixed categories to present the buyer with a combination. The Corvette Canyon Racer is but one example; a customized sports car with plenty of, “what if?” fantasy thrown in. But they’ve also given us a good many historical rods and customs. Ala Kart, Kookie’s Kar, The California Kid, The Little Deuce Coupe, all come to mind. Their latest creation of an historical custom was the original vision of Rod & Custom© magazine. Under the watchful eye of the publication’s founding editor, Spencer Murray, the project of customizing a 1950 Chevrolet truck went to some of the West Coast’s best and brightest custom builders. It was a collaborative effort that readers viewed each month as every component came to life on its own and found its rightful way unto the most beautiful truck of its time.

Stepping off the magazine’s pages, Danbury once more collaborated with the Dream Truck’s original owner, Spencer Murray, as he oversaw the build once again; this time in 1:24th scale. DM faithfully captured the pearlescent paint with purple/lavender scallops, the engine and interior design and individual components that made the original vehicle so unique. They accurately recreated the intriguing exhaust system as it splits and exits the rear fenders in exacting duplication. The shape of the most customized parts of the pick-up are seen in the front and the rear lower valance. These were not easy to form in 1:1 but DM did their usual magic in their diecast presentation. The rear marker lights, sculpted into the rear fender sides, and the taillights, as part of the overall rear treatment, are exquisitely done. The matching grille, plastic marker lights and the frenched-in quad headlights lend an authenticity that is almost eerie.

The headlights are surrounded by metal mesh that also appears in the hood scoop and upper windshield air vent system. But in examining the model, one just cannot overlook the paint scheme. It keeps breaking your train of thought. The deep purple is joined by lavender and minute pinstriping plays into the game. DM recreated it wonderfully. There’s a great example of it on the roof, but they outdid themselves in scaling the striping on the rear bed face. It has to be seen close up to be fully appreciated. The scalloped purple trident on the bed lid is plush and velvety. Underneath is a fuel tank. But the interior and engine bay is the usual DM masterpiece that draws the standard, “Oohs and Ahhs from their customers. Open the totally authentically-hinged doors and the seats, covered in purple plush, can be seen as perfectly sculpted as the outside metalwork.

The centralized gauge pod, photo-etched gas pedal and period-cool shifter have been replicated exactly. The inner door spears actually open to reveal tools! The spotlights are functional. So is the rear suspension but the static front end gives the model the flawless stance of Spencer’s Dream Truck. DM’s magic resumes when you open the hood. There we see a scale rendering of trips, a fuel rail, miniature wiring system, brake cylinder and electrical lines all fashioned in perfect harmony to one another. Even the metal radiator overflow line has been duplicated correctly.

The fifty Chevy pick-up was Spencer’s daily transportation until it took a well chronicled turn into history. It became a relevant custom back so many years ago and, thankfully for us collectors, Danbury Mint once again turns it into a relevant miniature scale reality.

-Tony F Perrone

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