“Dallas” wasn’t a great show, but it did just enough to keep you coming back. Likewise this Greenlight isn’t amazing, but it’s not bad either.
Late-model C3s were pretty underwhelming performance wise and the styling of the post-chrome bumper era wasn’t everybody’s cup of tea. Even though I’ve always preferred chrome bumper C3s and the shark fin coupes, I’ve also always had a special place in my heart for the Vette’s silver anniversary. I always liked the way the lines flowed.
That’s why I just couldn’t pass up this Greenlight Hollywood “Dallas” 1978 Chevrolet Corvette. And of course I DLM’d it.
The original “Dallas” series was a bit before my time but I still remember the “Who shot JR?” craze. Even with the recently-canceled series revival that aired on TNT, Corvettes have always played minor roles along side the Ewings.
This car, which first appeared in Season 2 of the original show, was apparently a gift from Bobby Ewing to then-wife Pamela. I don’t know how prominent it was in the rest of the show’s late 70s seasons.
Hot Wheels has always produced chrome bumper-based Corvettes (of which I have one) and late C3s have never been real common in the diecast world. That right there is why this cast appealed to me and in the package it looked pretty good.
But as you could see in the first picture, it kind of suffers from track-itis (high ride height, high nose, etc.) despite not being a Hot Wheels cast. The real riders are nice but look gargantuan because of the ride height.
The tampos are kind of hit or miss. The Corvette badging on the hood and sides are good enough to know what they are but are still sloppy. The Corvette script on the rear bumper sits way too low. There’s some red paint from a tail light that dribbled onto the bumper. And yet the license plate tampos, which are period-correct Texas plates, are really quite impressive.
There’s a chip of paint missing from the front right corner of the opening hood (didn’t get a detailed shot) and while I like the black paint, it’s kind of like real auto paint in that it shows greasy fingerprints and dust really easily.
The plastic engine is nicely detailed, though I don’t know how accurately for a 1978 model. It also has a detailed metal base.
Overall I’d give it a 6/10. It’s not great, but it’s a model that doesn’t get a lot of diecast lovely and despite its weird ride height gets the flowing lines of the 78 right.
A little addendum here:
The scale is interesting. The C6 on the left is an AutoWorld “True 1:64” while the C3 on the right is a Hot Wheels. The C3 should be slightly smaller than the C6 so obviously the HW cast isn’t right but the GL C3 seems almost too small.