“Fleetline” badge, and the hood
ornament — accented with a clear
element, just like the original —
are precision scaled notes that
pulled us in and
kept us looking
have to look far.
take on the
six is utterly
and the 216-
— our favorite
combination of ornamentation,
in any scale. DM’s done the
deed with steel wire, plastic and
vinyl castings, and tamped-on
detailing that includes labels on
the oil bath air cleaner, battery,
and the overflow tank on the
firewall. Look closer, and there’s
faux fuel in the wee glass bowl
beneath the single-throat Carter
carb. ;e hood rises on real spring
and scissor hinges, and closes just
like the real thing — you push it
down, and back. Sweet.
In the cabin, DM’s laid on the
charm — not to mention serious
levels of texturing and paint
detailing, and a high parts count.
;e top-shelf cabin is fronted by
a wood-grained dash hosting
a readable speedo and clock (it
says it’s 2: 37), as well as a legible
radio face; along with these, the
dash is stubbled with knobs and
sliders for the choke, heater, and
vents, all arranged around the
central speaker grille, done in a
tidy finned and chromed casting.
;at wood grain pattern is so
good that it looks real under all
but the strongest magnifications.
Ditto the seats, which wear the
Fleetline’s optional two-toned
Bedford Cord cloth upholstery
— replicated here with a sharp,
precisely laid-on paint strike that
follows the castings perfectly on
the tilt-back front seats and large,
comfy-looking rear bench. Above
it all, the headliner wears a dome
light, and even this is a multi-
piece sub-assembly that’s been
a;xed to a creased, believable
headliner with working visors.
;ese details - and the multiple
handles on the two-toned,
chrome-striped door panels -
show a huge investment of sweat
equity on Danbury Mint’s part.
;e trunk on most models is a
fuzzy place (if you’re lucky) that’s
almost an afterthought. ;at’s
not the case here. Even getting
into the old Chev’s storeroom is
cause for a giggle or two; to get
to the deck handle, you have to
pull back on the optional center
bumper overrider, which pivots
out of the way on a lovely hinge
riveted to the chassis. Only then
can the lid be lifted on a steel
glide strut to reveal a matted floor
and removable, full spare.
whitewalls are holding
up the corners of a decently
detailed chassis, and the plastic
frame attached to the diecast
belly of the car contains well
done (but static) suspension
assemblies front and rear;
the steerable front wheels,
separately cast mu; and
tailpipe, and neat view of
the Stovebolt’s nethers
make this a trip worth
Is Danbury Mint
back? Were they ever
really thinking of
leaving? And what can we
expect next? ;ose are all hard
questions to answer, and we
won’t speculate, or even hint that
we know what their next move
might be. But we will tell you this:
even after several hours spent
with this beautiful new tool, we
were still finding things to enjoy,
like the weather seal detailing in
the doors, and the exquisite little
WATCH THE VIDEO AT DCXmag.com!
Far left: ;e “Stovebolt” six was a staple of Chevy’s lineup, and it’s all here in scale, down to the “gas” in the fuel bowl. Above: ;e lux cabin is an all-out e;ort from DM, and the decos are incredible, including faux wood grain and “Bedford Cord” fabric. Lots of pieces, too. Left: True to the original, the fender skirts are removable — a nice touch on display. Below: With a drop-down bumper guard and a removable spare, even the trunk has a few surprises.
wagon in the “Body by Fisher”
oval on the side of the front seat.
Details like those, and models
like this, don’t happen every day.
We’ll take those days, whenever
they may occur. ;is one gets our
very highest recommendation.
SOURCES Danbury Mint danburymint.com
IN THE CABIN, DM’S LAID ON THE CHARM ; NOT TO MENTION SERIOUS LEVELS OF
TEXTURING AND PAINT DETAILING, AND A HIGH PARTS COUNT.