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January 9, 2016

Die-cast: Auto World’s 1969 Chevy Camaro SS

by Mark Savage

Eye-catching paint job and high value for this Camaro SSAW24004_1969Camaro_1stPrepro-1

I learned to drive a stick shift on my Uncle Wink’s 1967 Camaro SS, so I’ll forever have a soft spot for 1960s Camaros. Auto World seems to too, creating numerous muscular 1960s die-cast Camaros in various scales.

Serious model car builders love their muscle in 1/24 scale and Auto World now delivers a handsome 1969 Camaro SS in bright orange in that scale. This isn’t as detailed as Auto World’s fine American Muscle series in 1/18 scale, but the body is well shaped and the car has the aggressive Camaro stance. Pricing is value minded too and there’s a lot to like about that.

The History:

Chevy’s Camaro was launched in fall of 1966 to compete with Ford’s exceedingly popular Mustang. Camaro and Mustang were affordable sports cars, which we later decided were muscle, or pony cars.AW24004_1969Camaro_1stPrepro-2

The lean Camaro featured a classic long hood, short deck profile and became the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car in 1967 and 1969, so A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti each won one.

Power ruled the ‘60s and Camaro was happy to play the power game with its 300-horsepower 350 cu.in.V8. The name has endured too and today’s Camaro keeps bits of the original’s styling, while being thoroughly up to date mechanically. No denying the new ones run better and ride a lot better. But the 1960s Camaros set the tone for what was to follow.

The Model:AW24004_1969Camaro_1stPrepro-8

Auto World delivers a high-value version of Chevy’s racy SS model with a white swoosh (before swooshes were popular, or trademarked) up the front fender and back to the door handle. There’s also a decal that touts the 350 engine with that number within the white stripe.

The orange paint scheme is eye-catching and well executed for the price point. Windows are trimmed in silver paint to set them off from the body, as are the door handles and black and silver vents behind the doors. There’s a silver strip along the rocker panels too.

Badging is good with a Camaro SS logo on the front quarter panel just in front of the door, plus Camaro badging on both the nose and tail.

AW24004_1969Camaro_1stPrepro-5The 1/24 model’s hood opens to reveal a customized version of the Chevy V8. There’s an orange engine block and Auto World adds chrome headers and a giant round chrome air filter. There’s also a battery, radiator and belt pulley. Plus the hood stays open easily due to its huge metal hinges.

This model features a Shaker hood with its trademark big power bulge and the SS also comes with blacked out front grille. Headlights are chrome, not clear lenses. A sporty looking chrome mirror sits atop the driver’s door and the car sports a black chin spoiler.

Down low there are racy looking chrome sport wheels that appear to be Cragers and Auto World adds realism with treaded tires that are labeled Goodyear, plus they are detailed with Polyglas GT G60-15 labeling too.

Since doors and trunk don’t open, the seams are straight and narrow, better even than on the original cars of the 1960s where fit and finish often were lacking. A red Michigan license plate graces the front and rear too.

AW24004_1969Camaro_1stPrepro-3Inside is a black plastic interior with high-backed race-oriented bucket seats. The only real color is the snazzy silver shift knob and rearview mirror. Under the car is a moderately detailed chassis and suspension system, plus the underside of the orange engine block.

Overall the 1/24 Camaro looks sharp and is attractively priced for collectors of all ages. Its aggressive stance and that eye-popping orange finish make it a grabber in any showcase.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Maker: Auto World

Scale: 1/24

Stock No.: AW24004/6

MSRP: $59.99

Link: http://www.autoworldstore.com

 

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