Danbury Mint 1:24 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Seville: Golden Boy

Aug 14, 2011 No Comments by

It’s hard to believe that in the midst of the chrome-crazed ‘fifties, a design as elegant and sedate as the ’57 Eldorado was allowed to leave Detroit. But it did, and it still stirs the soul. Part of that has to do with sheer rarity; fewer than 4,000 Eldos were built that year, emerging from Detroit as Biarritz convertibles or Seville hardtops. Seeing one, especially on the hoof, is a treat.

Seeing one in scale is a treat, too, thanks to this very nicely turned out ’57 Seville from Danbury. Painted in Elysian green poly under a three-panel light tan vinyl roof, the car’s stance, shape, and finish made it the instant recipient of many “oohs” and “aahs” around here. Having it in hand only made the cooing get louder.

It’s not just that the car’s got a lot of opening features – it does, for sure. But it’s this model’s inspired detailing and level of precision that really got me wagging my tail. The metallic paint is incredible, and it’s adorned with applied “Seville” and “Eldorado” badges. The chrome trim around the windows is fitted into the body casting tightly; open and close the doors, and the frames for the door vent windows fit perfectly. With the exception of a raised rear edge on the hood (and a slightly wonky gas filler door), the shut lines are dead even, and everything opens and closes with tight, well-greased snicks and clacks.

You’ll want to get to those opening panels straight away. The twin-carbed 325-horse 365 V8 is set into the engine bay deeply, and it’s surrounded by steel lines, vinyl cabling, and all manner of accessories hung in just about every possible location. Move rearward, and the six-place cabin is slammin’ with greys, greens, and a fuzzy charcoal colored floor. Yeah, guys – those little letters on the brake pedal spell out “POWER BRAKES”. Working visors, tilting seat backs, and stow-able arm rests front and rear offer some additional finger fun for you long-digit types. The piped and cabled chassis hosts a working, fully articulated suspension, and the trunk is carpeted both above and below. Pull the spare out for a gander at the Eldo’s specially cast wheels, and the jacking equipment tucked behind.

I keep finding new stuff to enjoy on the car, and keep putting it back on the table for another look. In an office that’s jammed with models on any given day, that says a lot. Highly recommended.

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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.
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