Autoart’s rendition is beautiful bathed in a dark metallic blue, almost black paint job. As you’d expect in a well-detailed 1/18 model, the doors and hood fully open to reveal a high-level of detailing inside and under that long hood. There are chrome door handles and locks, chromed window trim and chromed front bumper and photo-etched grille inserts under those front half bumpers.
The hide-away headlights are manually opened with a finger, but they move simultaneously and the hood features etched faux hood vents too. The rear deck features an etched Corvette Sting Ray logo and the famous crossed flags logo on a chrome gas cap. Under those half rear bumpers are twin chrome-tipped tailpipes too.
While the engine is nicely executed with some hoses, the headers and power steering unit look a bit too plastic for my taste. Still there is good detail to the 327 small-block V8 and the underbody is realistic too, outside of the licensing label and limited edition number plate.
Inside, the Corvette’s aircraft like cockpit is attractive with good gauges and shifter, including a round black ball shifter knob. I also like the chrome window cranks for the main, and vent, windows, plus the steering wheel’s well-executed three-spoke chrome hub and the wheel actually turns the car’s wheels.
My only disappointment inside is the lack of a grab bar on the passenger side, a unique item in its day. Diecast Corvettes are so plentiful it’s hard to imagine not being able to find one for pennies. Yet this Autoart model is so chock full of detail that it justifies its price, sort of like an original Vette!