Make no mistake, this is nothing fancy (hood, trunk, and doors do not open). This is just a precise execution of a popular model at a reasonable price.
Plusses? That's easy. The well-shaped body, with its long nose and sloping fastback, plus small wing on the trunk lid. This looks perfect in profile, and the black window framing, plus black mirrors, accentuate the car's lines.
No, you can't pop open the hood to see the engine, but at this price you wouldn't expect that. What you get are realistic-looking headlights, including the two round accent lights on the blacked-out grille that features a silver pony in the middle. In back, the trademark three-bar red taillights look great, and there's a medallion on the trunk's face, along with a reflective strip at the lid's edge. Down low are twin chrome exhaust tips.
There's GT badging on the front quarter panels, and handsome five-spoke wheels with glistening silver disc brakes visible behind them.
Most surprising at this price is the well-detailed interior, tan seats, and gray dash top. Although it's not hard to get well-shaped seats in this smaller scale, it's rare that a dash looks this good, unless the model runs north of $60. There are gauges and air vents with chrome-look trim and a realistic-looking center stack and console, complete with shifter and two cupholders, plus a three-spoke steering wheel with silver spokes.
The result is a sharp-looking Mustang for modest cost to fill a gap in your collection. Plus, there's some history here, this being the show car that got pony car fanatics revved up for a Mustang revival that carries over to the 2015 model.
Can't wait to see the next plastic, resin, or diecast version of that 2015 too!
2005 Mustang GT (2004 Auto Show version, red fire)
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