Big things with little cars

'64 Lincoln Continental: Dropstars Edition

You guys know I’m an advocate for unconventional doors. Suicide doors have got to be in my top two favorite funky ways to get in a car. Naturally, the Mark II Continental is one of my favorite cars of all-time. Never thought I’d have this one on my shelf though. However, the opportunity popped up on eBay to snag this awesome Lincoln, so I did!

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So this is a 1/20 scale model by Hot Wheels. Quick math will tell you this is a little bigger than a 1/24, but it’s fairly close to the size of my other 1/18's because it’s a Continental. This line was released about ten years ago, back when the custom scene was all the rage.

Unfortunately, the hood and trunk are sealed. The Dropstars line from Hot Wheels focused more on big wheels, bumping systems, and bagged suspensions over accuracy and details.

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I don’t care for the gaudy wheels, but the car looks amazing with a drop and deep-dish rims.

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There’s just the right amount of low mixed with the perfect amount of rake; this model illustrates the perfect stance for the best body style of the Continental.

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While black is certainly the best color on the classic Lincoln, the silver paint job on this car is brilliant! The color is deep and rich and accents the chrome perfectly.

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Subtle details like the exhaust tips underneath add to the overall attitude.

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Ok on to important things; the doors! Of course the model features working suicide doors! The back doors have their windows up while the front doors do not.

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The dashboard and front bucket seats are surprisingly detailed.

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But since this is a Dropstars car, you’ll find a stack of subs rather than a backseat. Not really my thing, but I can look past them.

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Here are my final thoughts:

This model has an awesome paint job and plenty of badassness. Although I consider myself a purist and some cars need to be left alone, this model is the perfect blend of classic and

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Some cons: It’s an odd size. Not sure who thought 1/20 was the scale in demand, or maybe it was Hot Wheels’ response to Jada’s popularity. The sealed compartments are kind of lame, especially when the speakers would have been right at home in the trunk. Then we could have had a backseat to match the awesome front buckets. I’m also cool with the huge wheels, but the style doesn’t do it for me.

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Quality-wise, the only issue I see is the fitment of the doors. The gaps are wide, so much they appear to have a different shade of silver paint.

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