Automodello makes impeccable models of well chosen subjects — like this pair of Packard Victorias. In 1938, Packard only made a handful of the gargantuan Model 1608 drop-tops, powered by a 473 CID / 175 horsepower V12 engine so refined that a nickel could be balanced on the motor’s intake while it was running. “Convertible coupes” like these proved to be the rarest — and we’re happy to report that Automodello has crafted an exceptionally well done homage to the penultimate Packards. The resin body castings are flawless, and the finishes on the Ivory White and Chinese Red samples have been accented with a mix of hand-applied detail castings, photo-etched metal, and sharp tampos. Out front, the car’s impressive prow is a masterful recreation of the Packard’s ox-bow radiator shell and grille, done in relief-detailed photo-etched metal, and set between Trippe “safety lights” and individually-lensed head and marker lamps. Inside, the pleated seats, micro-scaled handles, and a more than convincing steering wheel and dash look great, and out back, more lensing accents the car’s grace — and speaks yet again to what wonderful models this maker provides. From the whitewall-shod and beautifully trimmed-out wheels to the jewel-like red inserts in the bumpers, these special edition releases are amazing to behold — and they’re getting scarce. Don’t miss out. — Joe Kelly, Jr.
1:43 | $119.95