STOP THE PRESSES! Sun Star 1959 Dodge Custom Royal Convertible is HERE!

Jan 26, 2013 2 Comments by

Much as UK-based Brooklin have made themselves (not just a little ironically) the kings of classic American-themed model cars in 1:43, Asian model manufacturing giant Sun Star has made themselves the reigning rulers of the 1:18/1:12 mid-scale classics roost by choosing great subject matter and doing it really well.

We have this outstanding new 1959 Dodge Custom Royal convertible slated for the Summer 2013 issue of Die Cast X, but when something comes along and delivers the goods this well, it’s hard to resist a little advance coverage. And hey… we were doing the happy dance over this one. And that counts for something, doesn’t it?

The ’59 Dodge was a couple of steps removed, stylistically, from the clean, sweeping designs of Virgil Exner’s ’57 Chrysler cars, and more than a little gorp was starting to appear on the lineup by ’59. Chalk that up to a need to make yearly changes, of course – and the fact that “Ex” had suffered a debilitating heart attack soon after he’d penned those groundbreaking 1957 machines, and wasn’t able to further the designs for the “Forward Look”sequels.

Whoa – we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Better save the juicy bits for that issue. But in the meanwhile,  cruise these images of Sun Star’s latest ‘fifties bomb. We’ll have the car on the next episode of “Cup O’ Joe”, on February 3rd, so feel free to  join us and comment. We’ll be easy to spot – we’ll be dancing.

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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.

2 Responses to “STOP THE PRESSES! Sun Star 1959 Dodge Custom Royal Convertible is HERE!”

  1. Michael G Shatz says:

    Is there any chance that they will also make the 59 Dodge Royal Lancer Hardtop?

    • Joe Kelly Jr. says:

      Hi, Michael –

      If they go by their usual order, absolutely. First we’ll see this top-down variant, then a top-up, then a hardtop. Thanks for checking us out!

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