Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
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Last holiday season, I happened to get a promotional email from Exoto for their Black Friday sale. Several of their models were going on sale for at least 75% off! This Corvette was only $100, and I happily unwrapped it Christmas morning. (Don’t worry, I still acted surprised)

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This model is stunning. The C2 is arguably the most beautiful Corvette generation to date, and the Grand Sport Roadster is basically the badass cousin. Exoto has captured the look of this beast and scaled it down well.

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Just look at the colors under the hood. No hunk of plastic molded to look like everything in one all-inclusive piece. There’s no doubt the yellow headers illuminate the engine bay, but look how the orange distributor cap, blue plug wires, and chrome valve covers really set it all off.

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This is art.

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The trunk lid pops open via a push button, you can see it in the upper-left corner of this shot. Lots of other details under here too: the rear diff, brake components, spare tire, all making you wish the car’s body panels were transparent.

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The view from the underside of the engine bay looks just as good as the view from the top. The only thing I don’t see under here is the drain plug in the oil pan! Incredible details viewed from all 360 degrees.

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The cockpit is just as impressive as the exterior and the engine. What caught my eyes first are those beautiful racing harnesses. Real fabric straps and legit metal buckles are leagues away from the molded rubber imitations most of my other models have. Great grey carpeting covers the floor, but it looks like some stray fibers got stuck to some stray glue right above the drive-shaft tunnel. Not a big deal, but since this thing had an MSRP of $600, I get a ticket to complain about it.

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Beefy Firestones fill out the rear wheel wells. Unfortunately, the knock offs are static and the wheels aren’t removable, like we’ve seen on some other high end models. They’re hard to see, but brakes are present behind those yellow wheels. No working suspension here, however.

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This angle is killer, just imagine seeing this face in your rear view mirrors.

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I still haven’t removed the protective tape over the Corvette badge on the rear fender. The trunk gaps are so tight you can only open it by that push button. Exoto would rather you not scratch your paint.

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Real gauges highlight the dashboard, with that wooden steering wheel being the runner up.

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The Grand Sport has the stance if a fighter jet.

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Hey look, it passed the mechanical inspection. It’s this crazy level of detail makes this model so great. The decals used look like paint. However, the black sport stripes down the fenders are stickers that don’t care who knows it. Way too obvious in my opinion for a high end model.

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My only major compliant would be some paint flaws on the hood. Since this was a steal at $100, I don’t mind. If this were full price at $600, it would definitely have been sent back.

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All in all, it's one of the best models I my collection to date. It pairs nicely with my AutoArt C1 Corvette SS.

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