1954 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Diecast Model

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Danbury Mint 1954 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible diecast car
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  • Year: 1954
  • Brand: Danbury Mint
  • Make: Cadillac
  • Code: DM1583
  • Model: Eldorado Convertible
  • Scale: 1:24
  • Color: Apollo Gold

Hold onto your hats boys and girls, Danbury’s done it again. If ever there was a “must have”, this is one more great example in the way of a new tooling. Filling in the gap for mid-fifties, missing-in-action Caddies, DM picked a cherry. Ok, it isn’t red but the fifty-four convertible is a magnificent choice. And I think the color, Apollo Gold, is a brilliant pick especially with black and yellow interior and its black up top. This elegant Eldorado model comes with the usual fascinating features and functionality. But now they have also come up with polarized sun visors and a working fuel filler door, ah, taillight! Yeah, the driver’s side taillight lifts up to allow fill-ups, just like the real car.

Chronicling the bells and whistles may take some time but first I have to tell you how great this diecast looks in person. The Mint’s attention to detail always pays off with the dividend of yielding a highly realistic miniature. Such attention comes in the form of usually mundane details that other companies do not address. This would include such things as simulated weather stripping in the trunk opening lip, fabric use for the up top, top storage well and trunk liner. To DM these things are obviously important. And while finely crafted plastic would suffice for the wire wheels, DM uses photo-etched metal. I’m betting there will be a debate on whether or not these are the best formed wheels in the 1:24th kingdom. They have my vote. And even the spare has incredible hub design seen on the reverse side and the tire has perfectly accurate tread pattern.

The trunk also features a detailed jacking instruction sticker and jacking tools. Yes, the spare is removable. So is the three-piece top boot, and once again, just like the real car. The fit is astounding. But then, so is the black fabric top fit. Don’t forget to pay attention to its inside detail – DM didn’t. The framework shows along with the chrome latch up front and outside features a chrome-tipped welt line and chrome trim around the back edge. THAT’S what I mean by attention to detail. The antenna extends and the visors are not just period cool, they fold up and down. The spring hinges are present and accounted for in the doors and hood. And the spring loaded door jamb pin keeps the doors shut tight and in perfect alignment.

Before I get to the interior, I have to give kudos to the boys for the generous amount of gold photo-etched scripting and badges. Yes, they are sealed and yes, they are spectacular. “Eldorado” is spelled out on the trunk in scaled opulence. “Cadillac” is done equally well on both front fender sides. There are dimensional badges on door tops, rear fenders and hood nose. They lend plenty of realistic credibility to the big car. But so does the miniature buttons, gauges, foot pedals, brake handle, column levers and door and seat pieces. The seats flip forward and pivot inward slightly as with the 1:1 car. Chassis detail is typical for DM, masterful. Front suspension pieces and brake cable assemblies lend an air of realism. There is just the right amount of ‘give’ as the model is set on a hard surface.

The lack of over-travel that we see in some diecast suspension systems is most welcome since the correct ride height and stance will always be there. The engine is most often the celebrated heart of detail in these precision automobiles and I have to declare that it is even more so in this gold and gorgeous girl. Gently open her hood and just take in the beauty. Talk about bells and whistles – every wire, hose, line and sticker, each tampo printed letter is period correct and scaled to perfection. The grille is wonderfully crafted and representative of the real car and the license plate frames are scaled so nicely to give another dose of realism.

Danbury continues to amaze with great car choices, color picks and equipment selection. Wonder what else may come from this fantastic new tool? This is the next Preview Society issue scheduled tentatively for July '09.

-Tony F Perrone

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