1986 Corvette Diecast Model

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  • Our Price: $168.04
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AutoArt 1986 Chevrolet Corvette diecast car
  • Year: 1986
  • Brand: AutoArt
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Code: AA71241
  • Model: Corvette
  • Scale: 1:18
  • Color: Bright Red
  • Points to redeem: 2,401

AUTOart's 1986 Corvette has finally arrived with this bright red version the first to be released. There will also be black and white versions available soon. This release is part of AUTOart's Millennium division and as usual, AUTOart has put a lot of effort into this model to capture the spirit of the original fourth generation 1986 Corvette. It’s amazing how far these cars have come in terms of power and design over the years. These cars were very powerful for 1986 featuring General Motors’ Tuned Port Injection L98 aluminum 5.7 liter OHV v-type 8 cylinder engine producing 230 horsepower and 330 pounds of torque. They were a lot of fun to drive or be the lucky passenger catching a ride. The Covettes featured huge P225/60V-16 tires and front and rear independent suspension and used new for 1986 standard 11.5-inch anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) on the front and rear. Another standard feature offered this year was the Vehicle Anti Theft System or VATS.

This particular model represents one of the 9,466 Bright Red (paint code 81) Corvettes produced that year. This color option accounted for 27% of the 35,109 Corvettes produced in 1986 and sold for around $27,000. The model features fully opening features including nicely hinged clam shell hood, retractable dual headlamps, opening doors, rear cargo window with defroster, and a single removable matching body color roof panel which can be stowed away in the model's opening trunk. The interior is finished nicely and features a tan interior with black dash. AUTOart has represented the digital instrument panel which a collector can barely make out the all LCD gauges if you look hard enough.

The fit and finish are excellent and live up to AUTOart's usual high quality standards. The paint and finish are glossy, smooth and free of any defects on this sample. As another collector wrote, “the crossed-flags Corvette emblem is an accurately rendered individual part, not a decal, just like the real item.” The model comes packaged in AUTOart's window box and plastic base. The hand-assembled model looks great on the shelf sitting next to any number of the other AUTOart Corvette models they've produced over the years. With that said, there are some areas of improvement that AUTOart should put into models in this ever increasing price range. For starters, the side vents on the car are molded without any cut through, and will stand out in these lighter colored models. Second, the engine detail looks a little too bland and could use a lot of detailing and additional wiring and color differentiation. The front side lenses also show the mounting pins, which is really a step backward in terms of what collectors are expecting from today’s models. This is especially true on an area that is so highly visible.

Each Corvette generation seems to have its lovers and haters, and Corvette collectors would be advised to add this generation to their collection. AUTOart has done a great job representing the various generations of Corvette and has finally added a 1980s icon to the mix for Corvette and model enthusiasts to enjoy.

-Bryan Miranda

  • Retail Price: $190.95
  • Our Price: $168.04
  • In Stock

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