Die-cast: AutoWorld Vette, Tang started on Road&Track covers
Muscle cars are here to ‘pump you (your collection) up’
These babies were stylish and fun, and AutoWorld knows it. It also knows us Boomers have a little more extra spending money than the youngsters, AND that we still love our muscle cars and the memories they invoke … dating, drag racing, dating, drive-in movies, dating!
There is much muscle metal to choose from, so why AutoWorld’s latest series? Simple … value and selection.
I’ve written about its Torino GT and AMC AMX before, and there are many others AutoWorld is making in 1:18 scale. But now comes a 1961 Corvette and 1965 Mustang Fastback, tied into Road & Track magazine, a little different twist, but with the same fine detail at collectible prices, $79.99. While many diecast car makers are creating models that cost north of $100, AutoWorld still is well below that mark.
And if you’re like me and enjoy the heft and more detailed appearance of a 1:18 scale model, these are good models to fill in any holes you have in your collection, or just to give you something unique or that heck, you just like.
The red and white 1961 Corvette along with the “Twilight Turquoise” ’65 Mustang Fastback are good looking, but they also both appeared on the cover of Road & Track in the 1960s. Those covers are reproduced on the box top and rear panel, making the 3-window box attractive to display, if you don’t want to take these out of the box and put them in a display case.
As with other American Muscle series models, these have steerable wheels, detailed interiors and engines and electro-plated chrome parts. Hoods, doors and trunks open and build quality is good.
This is the first time anyone has done the ’65 Mustang in this color and trim package, increasing its uniqueness. Both cars also offer a variety of features you’ll love, including carpeting inside and realistic head and taillights, plus the Mustang features a retractable radio antenna. Pretty clever!
The Corvette’s interior is handsome in red with silver trim on the doors and dash. The 3-spoked wheel and gauges look realistic and there’s a cue-ball shift knob. Outside all the badging is appropriate and the car features wide white sidewall tires and there’s a Road & Track license on the back, a bonus if you’re a long-time reader.
The 2+2 Mustang also features spinner hubcaps, chrome door handles and window trim and a racy looking black interior with well detailed dash. The chrome 3-spoke racing steering wheel looks sharp and the chrome console and giant shifter will transport some of us boomers back to the good ol’ days when you’d snag a bottle of Boone’s Farm and head to the drive-in movies with your steady! High livin’ indeed!
Got another favorite make, say a Chevelle, Charger, Novas or T-Bird? AutoWorld has a museum’s worth of muscle metal for you to choose from.
FAST Stats: 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback, 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Road & Track editions)
Stock No.: AMM989 (Mustang), AMM991 (Corvette)
MSRP: $79.99 (each)