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1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe: A Die-cast Review

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Happy 4th of July everyone! This is the most beautiful American car ever.

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For its third season, the 1965 Corvette Sting Ray further cleaned up style-wise and was muscled up with the addition of an all-new braking system and larger powerplants. 1965 styling alterations were subtle, confined to a smoothed-out hood now devoid of scoop indentations, a trio of working vertical exhaust vents in the front fenders that replaced the previous nonfunctional horizontal "speedlines," restyled wheel covers and rocker-panel moldings, and minor interior trim revisions. The 1965 Corvette Sting Ray became ferocious with the mid-year debut of a big-block V-8, the 425 hp (317 kW) 396 in (6.5 L) ("big block") V8. Ultimately, this spelled the end for the Rochester fuel injection system, as the carbureted 396/425 hp option cost $292.70 to the fuel injected 327/375 hp's $538.00. Few buyers could justify $245 more for 50 hp (37 kW) less, even if the FI cars offered optional bigger brakes not available on carburated models. After only 771 fuel injected cars were built in 1965, Chevrolet discontinued the option. It would be 18 years until it returned.

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Four-wheel disc brakes were also introduced in 1965. The brakes had a four-piston design with two-piece calipers and cooling fins for the rotors. Pads were in constant contact with the rotors, but the resulting drag was negligible and didn't affect fuel economy. Further, the light touching kept the rotors clean and didn't diminish pad life, which was, in fact, quite high: a projected 57,000 miles for the front brakes and about twice that distance for the rear binders. Total swept area for the new system was 461 square inches, a notable advance on the 328 square inches of the previous all-drum system. Per pending federal regulation, there was also a dual master cylinder with separate fluid reservoirs for the front and rear lines. Road testers rightly applauded the all-disc brakes. Testers found that repeated stops from 100 mph produced no deterioration in braking efficiency, and even the most sudden stops were rock-stable. The drum brakes remained available, however, as a $64.50 credit option, but only 316 of the 23,562 Corvettes built that year came with drums. A side exhaust system appeared as an option as did a telescopic steering wheel. Also available were alloy spinner wheels, at US$322 a set. (source: Wikipedia)

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Back to the Die-cast world, this fine example comes from Maisto. I own all the Corvette line in 1:18. All epic, but like pretty much every car form the 60's, the C2 is just the best looking car to come out of the US of Murica.

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Design and Accuracy: 8/10

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After starring at many picture, I can conclude that this vehicle is pretty spot on. Not a surprise from Maisto. The curves, the metallic paint, all around inside and out down to the hub caps are epic. Scaled near perfectly. I love this model so much. Though. Some little things are a bit meh on the the body (vents). Also, despite full spring suspension, it does have an odd stance though I believe everything else covers for it quite well.

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Fit and Finish: 8/10

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Fit and finish is very well! Maisto just has that ability to provide such quality for the price. There are some slight discrepancies though. Very minor gaps and extra plastic along the windsheild and very tiny paint spots but are very small and not noticeable. All in all another solid item from Maisto. Engine bay is spectacular! The Interior is spot on. Though the steering wheel is almost touching the seat bottom lol :]

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Features: 8/10

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Normal Maisto here buddies. Features awesome metallic paint and fine chrome plastic trim. Doors and hood open smooth and hold great. Steering wheel works well and the 4 wheel spring suspension in very well set up. Though, I would still have liked it if the pop up headlights to work. It does loose a point there.

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Value: 9/10

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Like i've said before and will continue to as I own many Maisto's, the value per quality is hard to beat. I purchased this on a semi big HAWL about 5 years ago at Sam's. Around the holiday season, Sam's brings stack outs of Maisto cars for like $15 bucks a pop. You will not be disappointed.

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Rarity: 5/10

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Not too rare believe it or not. There are plenty online and are available throughout in many brands and colors. I really do recommend the Maisto for sure. Some special liveries and other editions do bring the price up but I was just fine with this one.

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Final Score: 37/50

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Wow, wasn't expecting that low score, strange...

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Should you get it. HEEELLZ Yeah!!! Not only because the real vehicle is beyond epic, but because it is such an important piece to any collection and automotive history at the peak of the magnificent 60's designs.

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