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PremiumX 1980 Cadillac

PremiumX 1980 Cadillac

Cadillac advertised the bustle-backed 1980 Seville as “Quite possibly the most distinctive car in the world,” a description hard to dispute. But the bustle-back trunk and down-turned side spear also made it look as if the body had broken at the rear axle, and sales dropped by almost 30%. Regardless, PremiumX has done a fine job with this bargain-priced resincast model. Overall lines are right from all angles, and every piece of trim is there and in scale. The glossy upper color is close to Cadillac’s “Sandstone,” but the lower color doesn’t match any chips and is semi-gloss at best. Like the Riv, all the body trim is hot-printed with bright chrome over relief-cast detail, but it’s much better on this sample, and a big improvement over the flat photo-etched parts that some manufacturers use that don’t conform to body curves. The delicate grille, Cadillac crests, and Seville scripts are bright, thin etched parts. All the “glass” fits perfectly and looks to be injection-molded. Interior detail features accurate upholstery with a realistic sheen, wood-grain trim everywhere it should be, and detailed gauges, radio face, and an A/C panel. Even the relief-cast pedals have been picked out. Check out the fake wire wheel covers; there’s a tiny Cadillac crest in the centers. Nice work, all around. Thanks to Wild About Wheels for providing this sample. — Wayne Moyer

1:43 | $37

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Updated: June 4, 2014 — 10:24 AM

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