The Chevrolet Corvette. America's Sportscar. What can I say that you shouldn't already know? The C3 is the longest tenured of the Corvette models, running from 1968 to 1982. It was during that time that the 'Vette transitioned from the big block monster preferred by astronauts to the boulevard cruiser preferred by leisure suit and gold chain wearing old men. It is this final year that both Welly and AutoArt have chosen to render. The Welly is a standard '82 model, while the Aa is the Collectors Edition. Will the Aa deliver the expected knockout, or is the Welly punching above it's class? Let's find out...

Design and Accuracy: Aa-9/10, Welly 10/10

Uh-oh! It's only the first round and the shiznit is already getting real. Both cars do a commendable job of capturing the sexy curves of the C3's body, and the differences between them are so slight that they are only revealed when compared side by side.

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It's in the interior where the Aa loses it's point. The instrument cluster should have the speedo on the left and the tach on the right, but they are reversed on my car. The seats are molded in a Taupe-ish color, but should have a metallic-like sheen to them. The Welly has everything the Aa has, and a few things it doesn't like the seat hinges and controls. They even went through the effort to include separate chrome-plated castings for the door release and lock control.

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Going under the hood, we're back to a draw, with both cars providing a good representation of that 190hp lump of an engine.

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Fit and Finish: Aa 10/10, Welly 7.5/10

OK. Time for Aa to get off the ropes and get back in the fight. Starting with the paint, all I can say is WOW! The paint is smooth and glossy and blah, blah, blah, but what blows me away are the pinstripes. When I got the model, I initially assumed they were just tampos. But upon closer examination I swear that they were done by hand. Panel gaps are consistent throughout and the car feels to be solidly put together.

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Let's start on the Welly by talking about that hood gap. When I first opened the hood, it only opened slightly beyond what you see in the pics. I pushed through this resistance to better reveal the engine and now it won't close. I disassembled the model but couldn't figure out what the issue was. I have another one of these for a custom project, and I don't remember this being an issue, but I have to score it based on whats in front of me. The paint is decent, and is about what you expect for the price, but there are a number of imperfections around the body either in the mold, or contaminates in the paint. The paint also gets thin to non-existent in the door jambs. The final half-point deduction comes from the wheels, which wobble like a weeble. Fortunately they don't appear to droop much when the model is set down.

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Features: Aa 9, Welly 8

The Aa has opening doors, hood and hatch. The Welly only has the doors and hood, but this doesn't garner it a point deduction. Why not you ask? Only the Collectors Edition 'Vettes had a working hatch, so both models are done correctly. The Welly does lose a point for the dogleg hinges though. The Aa also features posable headlights, but the party trick for both cars are the removable T-tops! I would have expected the AutoArt to have this, but it was a definite surprise on the Welly. Both cars use the same attachment system, but the tabs on the Welly are thicker and feel more robust.

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Value: Aa 5-8/10, Welly 8/10

This is where things get tricky. To put it in simple terms for those that don't know, AutoArt rose out of the ashes of what was UT Models. As such, many early AutoArts are based on UT molds. While that's not necessarily a bad thing, AutoArt did later on improve some of those molds and the CE 'Vette is one of them. All the CEs on ebay appear to be from the old UT mold, and have sold from $50-$150. An improved non-CE 'Vette sold for $200, however.

The Welly is selling anywhere from $30-60. There aren't a ton of them out there, so I'm assuming they're out of production, but with the questionable build quality, anything over $45 is pushing it for me.

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Rarity: Aa 10/10, Welly 8/10

As mentioned, AutoArt's improved CE is pretty much non-existent, and there are fewer Welly C3s for sale than the regular UT/AutoArt C3s.

Score: AutoArt 43-46/50, Welly 41.5/50

I'm inclined to call this a draw. Although the AutoArt is the the better model on points and visually, you can't knock the Welly for what it brings to the table for the price. A better paint job, maybe some different wheels and a bit of detailing in the interior is all that's needed to bring out the beauty of this model. But even stock out of the box, it is worthy of space on your shelf.