Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray

It's not perfect but it is a copper Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray. This has taken some finding, with the few that have appeared being sold for hundreds of pounds. The missing paint will have put off the collectors who only want old shop stock and a poor description made it less obvious too.

It looks like there is a bronze as well as this copper. The bronze is a bit darker but definitely a different shade. I still have to find that one.

This model is a lovely design with a spectacular shape and the real thing is really quite impressive. Corgi's main colour was a metallic pink-cerise but the second most common colour was silver. Now, you might think that this was silver but actually it is the scarce champagne colour, noticeably lighter and with a hint of amber.

Now you'll see the difference. Below is a silver Sting Ray.

So far, you'll have seen that they all had the lovely wire wheels but the very earliest editions came with the normal shaped wheels. In a way, because they're quite unusual on this model, I quite like them and they still don't detract froma  wonderful shape.

One problem was the chrome. You'll find quite a few with yellow bumpers and bonnet inserts where the chrome finish has simply worn away. It can almost fall off some if you blow on it too hard. It does spoil the appearance and there's not a lot you can do about it.

You may also have noticed that there are no photos from the front of this model. there is a reason for that. Corgi had a cool idea of having swivelling double headlamps that could pop up just like the real thing. They look fine closed but quite odd open! Corgi didn't really get the lines right at the front, or maybe it sits too high.

Better to gaze at a real one.

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