1965 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe - Fiberglass Diecast Model

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Franklin Mint 1965 Corvette Sting Ray Fiberglass Coupe 396 CID diecast car
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  • Year: 1965
  • Brand: Franklin Mint
  • Make: Corvette
  • Code: E800
  • Model: Sting Ray Fiberglass Coupe 396 CID
  • Scale: 1:24
  • Color: Red

Ah, the glory days of Franklin Mint. Think of scale model Corvettes back in the late eighties and early nineties and the FM was the builder who came instantly to mind. In the precision diecast field they were the game. They issued more Vettes than anyone, especially in 1:24th media. Danbury added their signature precision stamp on things and we started to see that proverbial bar rise exponentially. Details we only once dreamt about were added and operational features sprung up like crocus in March. The FM went through some turbulent times and revamped their ways of doing things. Other fine makers came to the fore and soon we did not think of Franklin Mint in the same way we used to. But with one fell swoop, one stroke of the modeler’s precise hand, we have a whole new generation in one diecast – oops, make that one fiberglass treasure.

The FM is back in Corvette business my friend. This tasty little morsel is an all-new tooling built with Vette love. It has ample features and functionality, save for two minor points that I almost decided not to make. And if I didn’t make them, chances are good, you wouldn’t notice either. But I’ll save that for the end. First off I would be recalcitrant not to mention that this is Franklin’s very first 1965 Corvette. Yeah, I know we all recognize the Mako Shark as a ’65 vintage but it was a concept vehicle built far before the 1965 vehicle year. This fills a hole in the FM Vette line-up. But more importantly, it fulfills a need for coupe/fiberglass/precision/technology for today. Done, done, done and done. For the Mint’s, this is the initially 396 in coupe form.

The big block this year pumped out that glorious 425 hp figure so many muscle car nuts used to love and drool over back then. It is also the only fiberglass sixty-five model we have. And love it or hate it, the C2 in Rally red is fantastic in person. It was the third most popular color choice for ’65 but very rare with white interior. FM’s paint application is flawless. It is even and smooth and polished to the hilt. I also applaud their use of wheel treatments. Too many replicas opt for the aluminum finned wheels or rally wheels. Surrounded by period-correct thin-line whites they are different and refreshing. FM has fabricated thin chrome glass molding to engulf the rear window, windshield and vent windows – and yes, Virginia, there are glass vent panes used on each side; Merry Christmas to one and all!

The suspension works, the headlights swivel, the hood raises on a metal prop rod and the doors are hinged internally on the same system as the real car. The photo-etched metal fuel filler door opens and the metal-foiled badges and emblems are to-die-for. Interior-wise, there is positively nothing to fault. The steering wheel and three dual-center spokes are scaled better than any other FM Vette to date. The belts, seats, dash, console and floor pedals are perfect. The rear compartments open and the seat backs fold as they should. Chassis componentry is exceptional. The use of color graduation on the exhaust, finned brake assembly rear leaf spring and steering function are magnificent. The engine features a removable air cleaner and that allows us good detail view of what FM has accomplished here.

The wiring, with wiring looms, the carburetor, fan belt and radiator hose are grandly detailed. The tiny stickers are in proper place and even the photo-etched hood bulge vents lend realism to the entire package. The two previously-mentioned minor points? They are just that, minor. The front A-frame suspension cradle does not move independently and the spare carrier is non-functional. Now keep in mind I am not complaining here, I’m not; just the opposite, I relish the job FM has done with the sixty-five coupe and these points are non-elemental. With the success that I feel sure this release will garner I welcome the FM back and will rally to see more of the same. Bravo, nice job!

-Tony F Perrone

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