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Monogram 1964 Pontiac GTO

1964 Pontiac GTO
Monogram No. 85-0890
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $15.99
Pros: Overall good fit
Cons: Heavy/distorted chrome sprue; poor taillight and rear bumper fit
This reissued kit is part of the Classic Cruiser Series, and can be built stock or street-machine.  

My copy had heavy flash in a few spots, and the chrome sprue was thick and out of scale – so much so that I chose to strip the parts and rechrome them using Alclad.  

The stock engine assembly consists of 21 pieces and goes together well. You will need to sand and fill the seam from the oil pan all the way through the transmission. 
The street-machine engine assembly is the same as the stock except for the blower,  dual carburetor assembly, and velocity stacks.  

The chassis and suspension consists of 13 pieces and goes together easily.  The rear axle and exhaust system are molded as one piece, and had mold lines that were difficult to remove – especially at the exhaust tips. The stock wheels seem accurate and well detailed, as are the street-machine mag wheels. However, the stock and street tire sidewalls lack any markings.

The 11-piece interior is well-engraved, and has separate arm rests and door levers, a highly detailed dash, and seats. I had a small fit problem when installing the dash to the interior, as it seemed a bit narrow. I glued the dash in and placed a rubber band around the interior and dash until the cement dried; it fits the body with no gaps.  

The instructions show how to modify the kit’s 2-door coupe configuration to the hardtop version by removing some of the side window moldings.  For the sake of being different, I chose to make the conversion to the hardtop.

The body is well-proportioned and yields the 1964 GTO lines.  

I had a slight problem when I installed the rear chrome taillight assembly, because there was a gap between this piece and the body. The rear bumper also didn’t line up without a little coaxing.  

The kit decals contain colorful graphics for the street machine, and license plates for Nebraska and Wisconsin.  

Despite a few shortcomings, given its  age, I really enjoyed building this kit. It reminded me of the 1964 and 1965 GTOs that my uncle raced years ago. If you are a classic muscle-car nut, as I am, this would be a great addition to your collection.


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