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Auto World 1961 Chevy Corvette

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First generation Corvettes, despite the numerous body modifications between 1953 and 1962, remain perhaps some of the most easily recognizable classic sports cars.

Auto World has produced a 1961 Corvette coupe in the rare fawn beige and white two-tone color scheme, made all the more unusual by its red interior.

Like many of its American Muscle series cars, Auto World has based this miniature die-cast dream on a restored show car: a project that took Roger Schmidt 2,000 hours to complete and won the National Corvette Restorers Society Third Flight award.

The History

Introduced as a show car in 1953, the Corvette quickly became the sports car for the budget conscious. GM made continual improvements to the first generation Corvette, known as C1, eventually upgrading the engine to a small-block 327 V8 that poured out 250 horsepower — or for a bit more than list, fuel injection would squeeze an extra 110 hp for that extra jump off the
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In 1956, the classic coves behind the front wheels made their appearance, as had the quad headlights. For ’61, the Corvette’s rear end was in for a complete overhaul, getting a “duck tail” and four round taillights. Designers tucked the exhaust tips under the back corners, but the Vette would retain its solid rear axle until the C2 generation in the mid-1960s.
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The Model
Auto World gets a lot right with it’s 1961 Corvette. The smooth fawn beige paint shows no sign of orange peel and lays nicely over the body details.

The coupe’s doors open to reveal an impeccably appointed interior, especially for the price. The instrument cluster has all the requisite gauges, and the chromeand-red steering wheel even sports the iconic crossed-flags Corvette logo at its center.

The clutch, brake, and accelerator pedals are all separate details, as are the shifter, central console, rear-view mirror, and the dash-mounted grab bar.

Window cranks and door locks grace the interior door panels, and flocking covers the floor. The flocking really kicks up the beauty of the passenger compartment.

The hood opens — and stays open — to reveal the small-block V8 inside, replete with chrome air clearner housing and engine compartment placard. The detail doesn’t end there. Underneath you find a detailed chassis and drivetrain, with separate transmission, exhaust, and rear anti-roll bar.

The Corvette’s face has all the appropriate chrome fittings. And while the grille isn’t open, the detail has a fine painted wash that gives the illusion of openings to the radiator beyond. The headlight bezels reflect silver behind clear plastic lenses, and out back the frenched bullet taillights are clear red plastic — wonderful touches on all counts!

The wide whitewall tires add yet more realism, with fine tread details. However, the tires bear no branding. However, the knockoffs for the wheels bear Vette’s trademark crossed flags. True, the trunk doesn’t open and there are no brake details, but that’s easily overlooked in a model in this price range, especially with the amount of wonderful detail that Auto World includes. In fact, there’s enough here for you to admire that you’ll keep coming back, imagining yourself behind the wheel, in the driver’s seat, speeding down California 1, windows down, nothing but miles of asphalt snaking away into the distance.

1961 Chevy Corvette
Mfg: Auto World
Scale: 1/18
Stock No: AMM1151/06
MSRP: $99.99
Link: AutoWorldStore.com

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