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April 6, 2015

Die-cast: Auto World 1967 Chevelle SS Convertible

by Mark Savage

Auto World flexes its muscle with drop-top Chevelle SS AMM1048_67Chevelle_1stPrepro-9

Chevrolet was in the sales driver’s seat in the 1960s as it churned out hit after hit as we were all busy seeing the U.S.A. in our Chevrolet.

But even then its cars were growing in size and stature so quickly that by 1964 Chevy realized it needed a more moderate sized model to compete with Ford’s Fairlane. Chevelle was Chevy’s answer, and it too was a resounding success.

Not only was Chevelle more modest in dimensions, it handled better and when Chevy started souping it up, quickly became one of the earliest muscle cars.

AMM1048_67Chevelle_1stPrepro-12The past few years Auto World has created a variety of Chevelles due to their popularity, but now goes back to the first generation, built for model years 1964-’68. Again, Auto World creates a well-detailed 1:18 scale model at an attractive price, making this offering especially appealing to a wide audience of muscle car fans.

The Model: Auto World’s review model is the Tuxedo Black convertible version of the 1967 Chevelle SS, honoring the 50th anniversary of the first 396 Chevy V8. Can it really be that long?

As with other models in its American Muscle series, Auto World’s Chevelle features an opening hood and trunk, along with its doors. Production also is limited to 1,002 models.

Nice under hood detail for the price.

Nice under hood detail for the price.

For 1967 the Chevelle SS 396 dropped the Malibu name and came in both coupe and convertible, each packing an L35 325-horse V8. But there also were two racier engine options, the L34 that kicked out 350 horses and the L78 creating 375 horsepower. The latter is what this SS model features.

This model also has the blacked out grille and chrome louvered hood vents, which were non-functional on the 1-to-1 car. SS markings grace the nose and tail along with red horizontal pinstripes along the lower body sides and accented by red-line tires.

AutoWorld also includes chrome trim over the wheel wells and trim strips along the car’s lower edge, plus chrome door handles, window frames, wipers and antenna. The rear quarter panels also include Super Sport logos that accentuate the capital S in each word.

AMM1048_67Chevelle_1stPrepro-5The orange, monster V8 and its compartment are nicely detailed for the price, as is the underbody, including dual exhausts.

Creating an eye-catching color combo, this model features a bright red interior, including the retracted and covered convertible top, visors and well-shaped seats with silver trim around the front seat backs, console and dash. There’s a wood-look 3-spoke steering wheel and white cue-ball shifter, plus a well detailed dash with radio, gauges and a stationary push-button lock on the glove box.AMM1048_67Chevelle_1stPrepro-14

This is a sharp looking model to fill the convertible Chevelle gap in anyone’s collection. Price and detail coupled with an attractive display box with a big window make this Auto World Chevelle an easy car to collect.

FAST Stats: 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS Convertible

Maker: Auto World

Scale: 1:18

Stock No.: AMM1048/06AMM1048_67Chevelle_1stPrepro-1

MSRP: $84.99

 

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