I wrote the other day that on first glance I was very impressed with the look of 1/64 Autoworld models, with my first venture being this car, the Chevrolet Kingswood. The car reminds me somewhat of the Nissan Stagea – purpose built as an estate but very capable on the road.
From 1969 to 1972, the Kingswood was based on the Impala, and was available only with a V8. It was considered a little more deluxe than the Chevrolet Townsman and Chevrolet Brookwood, but lacked the exterior woodgrain paneling of the top-line Kingswood Estate. Throughout this period, the Kingswood was available in both two- and three-seat models; in 1969 and 1970, a power rear window was standard equipment for the latter, optional for the former. In 1971 and 1972, the power rear window was standard for both models.
Midway through the 1971 model year, the Turbo-Hydramatic transmission was added to the standard equipment list, eliminating the outdated three-speed manual transmission. Turbo-Hydramatic had been ordered on virtually every Kingswood built during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
For 1973, Chevrolet eliminated the Kingswood Estate/Kingswood, and their sister nameplates Townsman and Brookwood designations for its full-sized station wagons. With the Belair, Impala, and Caprice nameplates again becoming dominant on station wagon models. The Belair nameplate would drop out in 1975, and the Impala Sedan/Wagon nameplate would continue until it was dropped after the 1985 model year (with the name returning only in sedan form in 1994). [Source: Wikipedia]
Upon getting it out of the packaging, I have been quite stunned. In realms of 1/64, we have Minichamps, AutoArt, Tomica LV and Oversteer to name but a few (Kyosho are bystanders at the party even though they have had some great castings). But Autoworld just take the craft of 1/64 to a whole new level. They really do.
The car is a heavy bugger – namely because of the metal base. But this is good, as you can see the undercarriage is well detailed. Looking at the car as a whole, the detail is rather stunning. Every facet is minutely detailed and to a very high standard – nothing is left behind. The blue Chevy badge is there along with the lettering across the bonnet. Oh, sorry, forgot to add the bonnet opens as well……..and shuts flush. The engine is nicely detailed to boot.
With this model, you get the false wood panel, accurately reflected wheel caps, rubber tyres, that roof rack – I mean it is just super. Oh, letus not forget the box that comes with it, which positively takes the piss out of Mattel. As I have blogged before, I am not a sole fan of Americana, but this is syrupy good. The quality shines through and at the price point of around $8.99, this is brilliant VFM.
Now here is the thing – why can’t Tomica run at this level? They have the castings, but more and more you are getting to see plastic bases and for a higher price point. Ditto Minichamps as well. But the Yanks seem to know a thing or two in this arena and although the range is somewhat limited, they are of an exceptional quality. And readily available in the US&A.
I want more of these. But at the moment, there are limited castings that appeal. In saying that I have another 3 additions to the Garage that will be blogged about in the future as part of my recent Wheel Collectors order.
This is good stuff. Very good stuff. Perhaps time to dip your toe into the pool?