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Cleaned-up Corvette

Cleaned-up Corvette

Spark 1960 ‘Vette with Hardtop
1:43 | $75

An all-new body and the addition of the small-block Chevy V8 saved the Corvette in 1956. For the next several years, GM stylists added a variety of fake scoops, bulges, and useless trim to the body while Zora Arkus-Duntov and his engineers made continuous suspension and power train improvements that made the Corvette a force in American sports car racing. Most of the useless trim was removed for the 1959 model year, and the ’60 models had few changes. For the past 20 years, the best t1:43 scale ’60 Corvettes have been the long out-of-production (and expensive) hand-crafted white metal models from Mini-Marque 43. ‘Vette collectors can celebrate; Spark’s new resincast model issimply better in every category. Its shape is right on, details are all there with excellent scale fidelity,and the white paint with correct semi-gloss silver coves is excellent. The hardtop’s window surrounds,thin side cove trim, and even thinner fender-top stripes are printed in bright chrome, badges and crossed-flag emblems are tiny photo-etched pieces, and the remaining brightwork is plated. Checkout the really thin chrome lines in the faired-in taillights. That hardtop makes it difficult to see the interior, but it’s all there; accurate and realistic upholstery, correct dash with detailed instruments and tachbelow the speedometer, chrome trim, and even the reverse lockout on the shifter. Accurate wheelswith fake knockoff s, correct narrow whitewalls, and well-done relief chassis detail complete the best1960 Corvette in this scale. Thanks to Wild About Wheels for this sample. —Wayne Moyer

Updated: July 6, 2015 — 3:45 PM

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