OTTO Strikes Again: VW Corrado G60 Hauls Into Town

Jan 30, 2013 No Comments by

You can stretch a bit to attach it to the name “Conrad”, but for the most part, “Corrado” is one of those exotic sounding handles that suggest a romantic back story… but basically mean nothing. Unless you’re a car guy. In that case, the word brings up a picture of one of Volkswagen’s greatest driver’s cars, especially in its hairy-chested, supercharged G60 form.

Introduced in 1990 here in the States, the Corrado didn’t take long to make itself known as more than a Golf on PEDs; the automotive press fairly fawned over the car, and some went so far as to call the Corrado an almost certain classic in the making. It drove fast, and rode hard, and had a wedgy, mildly blunted look that wore well on the eyes.

It still does – if you can spot one. Attrition is a tough thing to beat, and a lot of the cars have shuffled off the streets into the great beyond. Finding a good example isn’t easy these days – unless you’re tuned in to OTTOmobile’s release schedule, in which case you can park this new resincast 1:18 of the trippy Teuton on your desk.

OTTO makes some very impressive model cars, and this one’s sharp casting and utterly perfect  ”Bordeaux Red Poly” paint give the image an almost eerie level of realism on display; since the shut lines are cast in, the model’s stance, on correct alloy-look wheels, is perfect. So are the lenses at the front – deep, clear, and highly reflective, they join their multi-faceted counterparts at the car’s rear to make the VW look road ready.

Inside the car, all of the details you could wish for are on tap, and visible, thanks to the butyrate glazing. From the wrinkles cast into the door panel trim to the tiny red release buttons in the seat belt catches, it’s all here.  What’s lacking is any deep chassis detail. That’s the norm for this maker (and most resincasters, in general), with only a stylized suspension, and a painted exhaust system, set in place to give the car a correct profile on the shelf.

Overall, this is a great model car from one of the real stars of Euro-casting. We’ll be featuring more and more of OTTO’s products in the coming months, so stay tuned.

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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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