1981 Corvette LTD ED by The Franklin Mint in 1:24 Scale

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Franklin Mint 1981 Corvette Coupe- Independent Retailer Nbr Ltd Ed of 750 diecast car
  • Year: 1981
  • Brand: Franklin Mint
  • Make: Corvette
  • Code: E310
  • Model: Coupe- Independent Retailer Nbr Ltd Ed of 750
  • Scale: 1:24
  • Color: Dark Blue Metallic.
  • Points to redeem: 7,071
  • Note: RARE MODEL. ONLY ONE PIECE LEFT

1981 was an interesting year for Corvette. The sporty fiberglass Chevy was actually constructed in its familiar factory in St. Louis, Missouri but also in the new Corvette assembly plant facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky as well! Both factories operated at the same time. This also marked what was to be the last Corvette model to come with a manual transmission. But of course the Doug Nash manual tranny came back in the ’84 model year. Strangely, however, the factory in St. Louis painted the cars with a lacquer finish while the cars in Bowling Green received enamel paint with a clear top coat. Paint code 28 designated Dark Blue Metallic sprayed at the St. Louis plant while code 38 stipulated that cars made in Bowling Green were the same color but in enamel with clear coat. The cars from St. Louis painted Dark Blue Metallic numbered 2,522 while only 496 were so finished at the Kentucky factory. Perhaps more interesting is that Bowling Green offered interiors of Camel, Dark Blue and Silver Gray for the code 38 paint while St Louis offered the same options plus a Medium Red interior as well. Stranger still is that 1981 saw code 01 and 24 used in St. Louis for Primer Gray and Bright Blue Metallic, respectively, and only one car each was so painted!

Once again Michelle Peters has commissioned The Franklin Mint to produce a special repaint in limited edition numbers for release from her independent dealership. And once again it is a Corvette to receive the honors. Not done until now, the 1981 year model fills a gap in Mint offerings for Chevy’s two-seat sports car.

Essentially the same tooling as FM’s initial 1982 series vehicles, Michelle had FM make some nice tweaks. All paintwork on the running gear is authentic, the emblems are much more realistic and the T-Tops have locator pins to help hold the roof panels from sliding around as you look the model over. The dark blue paint is highly metallic and susceptible to flash but to the naked eye, deep, dark and lustrous. The engine has nice detail and the suspension functions well. Mint Models may be reached via email at service@mintmodels.com or phone at (800)341-4699 toll free or direct at (518) 783-1113. The issue price is $135.

-Tony Perrone

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