Die-cast: Auto World’s True 1:64 Hemmings 6-packs

New Challenger Hellcat casting stars in latest AW releases …

Like many car guys and gals I’ve been reading Hemmings automotive mags for years and love many of the covers!

So Auto World’s latest True 1:64 releases is a dead-on bull’s-eye for collectors as AW reproduces some of the cool cover cars from Hemmings’ Classic Car, Muscle Machines and Motor News. One of my favorites was the September 2019 Muscle Machines featuring a purple 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye and a vintage 1970 Challenger R/T.

Bingo, both cars are a part of the Release 4 A Series. Cool too because the 797-horsepower 2019 Challenger is a new casting while the 1970 features a new hood casting. More on those in a second.

Each release features a 6-pack of vintage vehicles with an A release being the matches to the Hemmings covers and the B release being the same vehicles, but in varying colors.

This premium Hemmings True 1:64 release features a 1967 Cadillac Eldorado, 1979 Chevy C10 Scottsdale Fleetside pickup, the two Challengers, a 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS and a 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351. As you’d expect from Auto World, all the hoods open to reveal die-cast engines, the undercarriages are well detailed and tires are treaded rubber, no cheap Hot Wheels-style plastic. Again, these are cars for collectors, so realism counts big time, even in this small scale. Cool too that the scale is real, so trucks are bigger than cars, etc.

The Models

While all the vehicles are crisply cast, it’s the Challengers that steal this release.

The Plum Crazy 2019 Hellcat Redeye features twin black racing stripes hood to tail, a black interior with tall seats featuring headrests, and custom wheels to match the magazine cover car’s fancy discs. I like too that the windshield and rear window are trimmed in black, just like the real Redeye.

Tough to pry up the hood as the fit is so snug here, but there’s a nice die-cast version of the massive 6.2-liter supercharged 700 horsepower HEMI V8 there with its silver and black engine cover. But the hood doesn’t raise too high, or not as high as the 1970 Challenger’s long hood.

Other details include Hellcat logos on both front fenders, a black chin spoiler and black rear wing plus a Muscle Machines license in back and twin exhausts too. AW says it has tooled two different spoilers, three different hoods and two sets of rims and tires to create a variety of Challenger Widebody models, so keep an eye open for other versions to come.

The 1970 Challenger is sharp too in Dark Green Poly with a flat black (vinyl) roof and silver window trim, including rear quarter windows. Here you can see the 426 HEMI V8 that made 425 horses under the long, easy to open, hood and AW notes that this is the first time it has cast the R/T Rallye-style hood on the 1970 Challenger.

Also there’s the Dodge name printed on the hood, Challenger logo on the trunk lid, silver door releases and good looking painted head and taillights. Again there are dual exhausts, representing four pipes total. And the wheels and tires are exceptional with Goodyear logos on the rubber and body-color wheels with chrome and red-striped caps. Yes, there’s also a Muscle Machines plate in back.

An observation, the 1970 Challenger sure looks lean compared with the muscular profile of the 2019 Hellcat.

Among the other four vehicles here is a Grecian White 1967 Eldorado to match that used on the cover of the December 2006 issue of Classic Car, alongside a red Oldsmobile Toronado in a story headlined Front-Drive Face-off! Would like to see the Toronado in 1:64 too! Both of course were on the same platform and represented GM going after the luxury coupe market.

The white model has a flat black roof, thin finned taillights, thin white sidewall tires (unbranded) and chrome wheel covers. Nice touch, the Caddy crest on the “vinyl” roof pillars.

Pickups have been getting more attention among collectors the past 10 years and Hemmings has been on top of the change in attitudes about old trucks. Here the model is a Light Blue 1979 Chevy C10 Scottsdale Fleetside from the cover of the June 2018 Motor News issue.

This is AW’s first ’79 model of the mid-level Scottsdale trim and is different from the ’78 model because the front turn signals are now incorporated in the headlight trim. Cool details include black-trimmed vent window, windshield and back window, silver trim line that runs behind the cab, Scottsdale logos atop the front fenders, bowtie logos on the chrome wheels and thick differential and heavy-duty undercarriage to distinguish the truck. Tires are non-branded blackwalls.

The series also features an AW standby, the 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS in Bolero Red. Like several of the others here there’s a flat black roof, and because it’s depicting the Stock Shootout drag racer from the Muscle Machines January 2016 cover it has plain gray-silver wheels and red sidewall tires. Sharp on such a small scale are the Chevy crossed flags logo on the front fender and Super Sport logo on the rear quarter panels.

Last is an extremely sharp Medium Yellow Gold 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351 as seen on the November 2011 cover of Hemmings Motor News. This has the black hood, side stripe, chin spoiler and wing, plus Ram Air label on the hood with tiny imprints of hood pins. Again there are Boss 351 logos above the black rocker panel stripes and a gold interior to somewhat reflect the interior on the magazine cover.

I prefer this A version 6-pack, but the B version has its appeal too.

The color combos are different from the magazine covers with the Eldorado coming in Venetian Blue, the Chevy C10 in a fun red over black with yellow stripe separating the colors, and the 2019 Hellcat in Triple Nickel Silver, which is stunning and really accentuates the car’s lines and details, like a black gas cap and the black in the hood scoops.

For the 1970 Challenger AW goes with a pure white that makes the car look even leaner than the Green Poly from the A version. It also has a 426 HEMI under the hood, the first time AW has used it in 1970-74 Challenger castings without a shaker hood. This has the Rallye hood.

Finally, the Chevelle here comes in Capri Cream, one of 15 colors offered in 1967, and the Mustang Boss is a Dark Green Poly. AW notes that just 1,806 Boss 351 Mustangs were made, and only in 1971.

With the Hemmings hang cards creating a stirring visual, plus an historical tie-in for each model these AW offerings are a fine value when purchased as a 6-pack. Hope we see more in this series!

Vital Stats: Hemmings magazine covers 6-packs, release 4

Maker: Auto World
Scale: 1/64
Stock No.: AW64272/06A & B
MSRP: $47.99 per 6-pack

Link: Autoworldstore.com


2 thoughts on “Die-cast: Auto World’s True 1:64 Hemmings 6-packs”

  1. AW does a GREAT job on their diecasts, large and small alike! Just my opinion, but the actual not-so-new Challenger compares weakly with the original body style. Being built on a Charger structure makes the body appear thick
    as if it was carved out of a bar of soap.

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    1. Yes, the newer Challengers look a little too beefy although I must admit to liking the Widebody versions better. Their proportions seem better. But the 1970s cars were sexier!


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