Yes I’m on a Corvette binge to say the least lol… A few more models arrived this week the first two to be officially reviewed is the 1970 Corvette Stingray C3 – Monza Red. This is another AUTOart release from their Millennium Series, released back in 2011. Car is a limited edition of 6000 units worldwide and comes with official certificate, which my model is numbered 1500. I originally was set on the Laguna Grey but at the last minute I went with the Red with beige interior. I’m glad I did…
Being that the C3 platform is my favourite to date this AUTOart release was at the top of the priority list Corvette wise. The exterior is wonderful, execution is top notch. Panel gaps are excellent, paint and chrome work are perfect. Checkout the groovy pin-striping on the hood, awesome! As you will notice none of the 24 photos have the t-roof installed. I couldn’t figure out how to mount them without damaging the paint. The supplied instructions are useless. If you know the secret please email me! Other than this I have no other complaints about the model. One thing I found interesting about the t-roof from this model when compared to the 25th Anniversary Edition C3 Corvette, the ’82 model roof is made of plastic and the earlier ’70 model made of diecast. A cost saving measure by AUTOart, most likely.
The decals and chrome as noted above are beautifully done as well. Two things I especially love about the model are the front bumper mesh grilles with the headlights visible behind. Second are the OEM Rallye wheels with pin stripping, so cool! I don’t know what it is about Corvettes but I very partial to their wheels, and I don’t know why.
The interior is another strong point, as the rest of the model beautifully executed. The beige coloured interior brings back memories of driving in my cousins ’79 Corvette (beige coloured interior). The black steering wheel is a nice touch and contrasts well with the rest of the interior. Full carpeting and detailed dash round it up nicely.
Motor is better detailed than the 25th Anniversary Edition. The hood prop is here and functions just like it would on the real deal, well done AUTOart! The LT1 seems to be well equipped and mirrors the 1:1. I’m no authority on Corvettes so please forgive me for any oversights. The buck doesn’t stop here, flip the model over and you’re treated to a well equipped undercarriage. Painted block, exhaust, and suspension bits surprisingly are replicated in high detail. Well done AUTOart!
With no hesitation I would highly recommend this model to any casual collector or the die-hard Corvette fan. Absolutely perfect other than the t-roof dilemma. Again if you know the secret to install please send me an email. Enjoy the pics!