In celebration of Ford v Ferrari motion picture soon to be released this November, we thought it would only be fitting to review another Ford product. This one comes from Solido, we present their version of the 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 in 1:18 scale. Currently available are two colours, Red with White decals and White with Blue decals. Both feature diecast metal exterior, the model on a whole is fabricated with plastic and metal parts. Access to the interior is permitted, however, the remaining elements of the model are sealed.
For 1967 Ford increased the size of the engine bay, this would afford its first big-block engine into the Mustang. The Shelby edition Mustang was a high-performance version of the standard Ford Mustang. Each was meticulously crafted by Shelby America. The GT500 isn’t all about horsepower, to enhance the look and the racing appeal of the cars, fibreglass body parts, hood with functional scoops, four add on side air intakes, fibreglass tail, with moulded spoiler and sequential turn-signal were added. The Shelby Mustang GT500 was born!
If you understand Solido, you know their objective is to bring affordability with quality to the scale model hobby. Each example here is less than $70 CND, yes $70 CND! In a hobby of continuing escalating price points, the Solido team brings a breath of fresh air and relief to the pocketbook!
Looking at the exterior of the Shelby Mustang GT500, the overall lines and design of the car are captured well. Both examples look great in person and will be welcomed additions to a Mustang collector. The exterior paint is solid, however, there is some darkening of the White showing through because of the Red base.
As mentioned, the model is sealed with the exception of the doors. The shutlines are very good, and panel gaps decent. If matched to Ford’s build quality of the day, both are definitely on par. We also like the consideration to detail of the chrome around the exterior glass. As for the chrome work itself, fair, but it lacks the pop/shine. Finally, the Shelby emblem on each side of the front fender is completed with a simple decal.
Moving to the front of the GT500 you will notice the quad headlights. We love the look! Overall good marks for Solido here. Centre grille is solid plastic, typical of opening price point models, but in all honesty, it doesn’t look too shabby in reality. Nice to see the team also added the Shelby GT500 emblem here. The lower section features the required sequential turn-signals. Fun fact, these were borrowed from the Mercury Cougar.
The upper hood does come with the fashionable hood pins, however, missing is the finer detail of the cable locking system. A neat project for these who love to enhance their models. We cannot see the business side underneath as the design is sealed.
The undercarriage of the GT500 does require some attention, what it covers are suspension components and motor elements. Most of which are simply moulded into the lower base of the model, the exception is the exhaust system and related bits are highlighted in Silver paint and chrome.
The rear of the GT500 continues to display its beautiful shape. Overall the composition of the sum of the parts is convincing by Solido. One small detail, the opening in the lower region for the exhaust tips should be slightly elongated. Again, no access to the rear storage is available, here one would find the retro lining and tire spare.
The wheels look sharp. This is aided by the large Goodyear script in White within the tires. Under closer inspection we would say the design is safe, however, the finished work to define the spoke and perimeter are somewhat lacking. Definitely another project for those who like to modify.
Inside the interior is typical of opening price point brands. The GT500 is one of the best looking from the team to date. All the basic elements of the GT500 interior are here. Steering wheel, manual shifter, seats and the added fire extinguisher are champions. The integrated seat-belts/roll-bar is primitive and the creature comforts on the interior flocking and fine-tuned detailing within the dash are not here. But when comparing to other brands such as Bburago or Maisto, Solido is more progressive of the three. And for those who may ask, the interiors are identical for both models.
Solido’s 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 is very impressive! The exterior presence is excellent. And the fact it is executed in good old diecast metal will appeal to many. When you factor in the price it makes it even more engaging. Yes, it is limited and does not provide true 360 access as higher-priced brands can do, but this isn’t the market Solido caters to. If you’re looking for pure American muscle with an attitude and affordability is paramount, you need to consider the Solido 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500. Enjoy the pics!