Log In
DCX Back Issues 600x120

The Phantom Menace: Automodello’s Corsair is on deck

The Phantom Menace: Automodello’s Corsair is on deck

Those 57 Varieties must have been running pretty well when Rusty Heinz contracted Maurice Schwartz (of Bohman & Schwartz coach builders) to help design and build a special car, atop an already special machine. Thus the dashing coachwork of the Phantom Corsair, of which only one would ever be made, was built onto a Cord 810 chassis. With front wheel drive and 4.7 liter V8 power, the Cord frame and drive train were a match made in heaven for the incredible Heinz/Schwartz design, which eschewed fenders and running boards, and did away with frilly external ornamentation in favor of a streamlined, extremely low (for the time) profile and skirted wheel wells.

Heinz spent $24,000 on the prototype car – enough scratch for a couple of plush homes in 1938 – and intended to sell more at around $12,500.00 a copy. Unfortunately, Rusty Heinz died before production could be set up, and all that remained of the man’s dream was that original car.

Automodello will be fielding a 1:24 resin-bodied replica of the Corsair this December, and if it’s up to the par of the recent 1:43 this company’s been rolling out (and we’ve no reason to believe it won’t be), it’s going to be a stunner. Like most of Automodello’s chosen subjects, it’s a rare bird – and an even rarer subject in scale. Look for a tidy casting, as evidenced by these factory pre-production images, done in the deep, hand-rubbed paint finish that this maker is becoming known for.

Expect the model to be extremely limited in its production, as well – only 299 will be made.

Automodello.com

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Airage Media © 2017
For all Licensing, Permissions, Awards and Reprint requests please contact our official partner Wright's Media for more information. Please note that Wright's Media is the only authorized company that we’ve partnered with for materials and assets. Wright's Media contact: airage@wrightsmedia.com or (877) 652-5295.
WordPress Lightbox Plugin