1956 Bel Air Diecast Model

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Precision Miniatures 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 4-door Hardtop- Ltd Ed of 1500 diecast car
Customer Rating: 10 stars
  • Year: 1956
  • Brand: Precision Miniatures
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Code: PMUS-01RB
  • Model: Bel Air 4-door Hardtop- Ltd Ed of 1500
  • Scale: 1:18
  • Color: Matador Red & Dune Beige

Last April, Corey and Alan (aka the car guys) at Precision Miniatures introduced their 1956 Chevy Bel Air 4-door hard top in a gorgeous ivory over dusk plum paint scheme. That model featured a continental kit and nifty side skirts. For a complete review, see the First Peek archive for edition date 4/23/05. At that time PM promised that more versions were on the way and now three brand new gems have arrived. There’s no conny kit on these models and those formal side skirts aren’t there either. But what’s left is the soul of the model itself in your choice of scrumptious and pristine two tone color combos.

Dune Beige over Matador Red – This matador red actually has an orange hue to it, in small part due to the deep beige coloring. India Ivory over Turquoise - a striking blue against antique ivory. A very traditional and familiar presentation seen at collector car shows popular in the USA this time of year. Black over Crocus Yellow – in my book this one’s the must have model. The yellow has a green pitch to it and the glossy black acts as the perfect frame. While “black over” color combinations were very popular in the 50’s, many diecast makers fail to offer this alternative, preferring the more pedestrian white-over models. While each combination is limited to 1500 numbered pieces, this particular version has such a “wow” factor to it, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it disappears quickly.

The 1955-57 Bel Air series is known for their grille configurations and Precision Miniatures executes this one perfectly. It is a forceful yet delicate. On top of the grille, emblazoned on the hood, is the trademark Bel Air logo and jet-inspired hood ornament. The engine compartment is plumbed and wired, very spartan, yet entirely correct. Chassis detail is minimal but well presented – including patterned mufflers. A key upgrade on this new version is the dual exhaust which gives the car a more sporty look.

The four hinged doors open to two-toned interiors featuring patterned bench seats are dead solid perfect. Notice the scalloped pattern on the rear of the bench seat. The deep pile carpet, pose-able sun visors and a detailed two-tone dash and steering are quite realistic. Doors close with a solid thud and shut lines are minimized. The tires are period correct whitewalls and color keyed wheels are a welcome highlight. The suspension is functional!

The cavernous trunk opens and contains a spare complete with hubcap. The matted floor surface is a nice change from hard and smooth plastic so often seen in models in this price range. The chrome fittings and details are truly exceptional – this always seems to be a strong point with Precision Miniature models - and as usual it’s all flawlessly executed and richly reflects ambient light.

While very similar to the previous model, the lack of a conny kit and side skirts and the addition of the dual exhaust might actually entice more buyers who found the last models a little high falutin’. We should also mention the sturdy, screw-less, over-sized styrofoam coffin within four color box packaging. Your model will ship securely and you won’t damage it getting it out of the carton. Worth buying? Absolutely – especially in the crocus and black combo though any choice would be rewarding for the 50’s collector. Precision Miniatures is still providing first rank value at the sub $60 price point.

-Rusty Hurley

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