Picture a regular Thursday night. You’re out to get groceries, and you decide to piddle down the diecast aisle just to see what you can find. That’s when it hits you, the strangest diecast you’ve ever seen. A 1:24 scale model of none other than a 1997 Ford Explorer. You shouldn’t pass that up. I sure didn’t.
Even to this day I wonder why I even bothered, due to the fact that I hate the second generation Explorer. They’re mostly trash and they always seem to be the culprit of doing 10 under the limit when I’m in a hurry. Yet I suppose, some guises can be forgiven, such as the Limited, or this 2-door XLT trim, which is clean in a kind of mid-90s, aesthetic type of way.
And then I question the purchase even further when I realize that this model is one of the worst I’ve ever had the pleasure of laying my hands on. The panel gaps rival that of the real Explorer, certain parts look out of proportion, and the diecast metal is thin and feels flimsy. Not looking good at all so far...
Then I really think about it. This is the type of car I grew up seeing on the roads. That’s the reason I love malaise stuff too...it’s not necessarily about being a good car, it’s about the memories you have with them. I used to see Explorer Sports on the road all the time, and now they’re becoming fewer and fewer...and I think my want for this was centralized to the fact that I needed to immortalize a pure gem from my childhood. It’s a shit car and a shit model of a car, but it reminds me of just how fun some of those times were.
Have you driven a Ford lately?