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Auto World 1961 Corvette and 1965 Mustang

New R&T Corvette and Mustang deliver more 'muscle' for collectors
By Mark Savage
Published: December 7, 2012
1961 Corvette and 1965 Mustang
Ahhh, muscle cars, those high-horse brutes of the 1960s and early '70s that lived the high life until the evil Oil Embargo forced us to rethink power and gas-guzzling, at least for a few years.

These babies were stylish and fun, and Auto World knows it. It also knows us Boomers have a little more spare spending money than youngsters, AND that we still love our muscle cars and the memories they invoke.

There is much muscle metal to choose from through, so why Auto World's latest muscle series? Simple ... value and selection.

I've written about Auto World's Torino GT and AMC AMX before, and there are many others Auto World 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 reasonable prices: $79.99. Although many diecast car makers are creating models that cost north of $100, Auto World 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 to give you something unique — or simply, that you just like.

The red-and-white 1961 Corvette, along with the "Twilight Turqoise" '65 Mustang Fastback are good-looking, enough so that they both appeared on the cover of Road & Track in the 1960s. Those covers are reproduced on the box top and rear panel, making the three-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 electroplated chrome parts. The 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 three-spoked steering wheel and gauges look realistic, and there's a cue-ball shift knob. All the badging is appropriate, the features wide white sidewall tires, and there's a Road & Track license on the back — a bonus if you're a longtime 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 three-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.

If you have another favorite — say a Chevelle, Charger, Nova, or T-Bird — Auto World has a museum's worth of muscle metal for you to choose from.

Fast Stats
Products: 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback, 1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible
Maker: Auto World
Scale: 1:18
Stock Nos.: AMM989 (Mustang), AMM991 (Corvette)
MSRP: $79.99 each
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

To read 1:1 car and truck reviews by Mark Savage, visit www.savageonwheels.com.
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