Review of the
This is another release from Lucky Die-Cast in the
Yatming Group. This very model car from 1957 is produced by other makers
as well: Maisto and Burago. Maybe the moulds are identical, I have no
proof on, but we have seen before makers buy moulds from each others. In
1957 when the car came to the market, they only came in six colors: Red,
black, white, copper, turquoise and blue. I have always had a keen eye
to the blue metallic one, with the correct name of Arctic Blue! Only
Lucky Die-cast has the 57´ in Arctic blue in scale 1:18.
This little car – is a big little car. Try to park it beside a 1957
Mercedes Benz 190, The Corvette looks like it is in another scale!
Corvette 1957 is a predator. From the start you unpack this model, you
will notice at once, how well prepped and painted this model is on the
die-cast body work. This light blue metallic color is perfect applied
and the varnish and polish shines like a real car. Here in Europe the
model is one of Lucky Die-Cast lesser expensive model at a sales price
just over 27.00 Euros. And if we look more closely on the other parts it
could easy become a bargain.
But this is not a bargain! - with a closer inspection of the other
parts, the hole model looks and feel a bit cheep to say it a least! The
whole under part of plastic parts, on this model is so horrible in
quality that you won’t believe it’s from the same maker, as the well
made die-cast over body part. The plastic itself are poor quality and
bristle, that you shall think over how you park the model. The front
wheels sharfts are very delicate and can break off if you not handle the
parts with care. There is a big chance that the front wheels become
standing skew over time; therefore I plan to replace the shafts to a
metal rod, to give more strength.
The worst parts on the model are the tires! They are way to wide and the
tire tread look if they are for a 2x2 pickup truck. The plastic is hard
and glossy and looks if they are for a toy car.
Let’s try to look at the other parts this model car is made of; firstly
look at the chrome, the little roaster have a sparse chrome trim, but
all the chrome included looks fine and shines realistic when polished by
a soft cloth. The only issue here is the steering wheel that needs some
extra chrome. Corvette 1957 is a model where all doors and lids can be
opened and that is a great feature! The gabs are notable but acceptable
all in all. If we open the hood the 283hp Fuel injection V8 motor is
revealed with a fairly amount of details, but some of the chrome parts
had to be reduced by grey and black paint.
The model wheels had also to be modified, first the tires need flat
black paint, and the hubs on the corvette shall match the color of the
body. At the center the hubcaps is well made from the factory here. When
we see the model in profile one notice the chrome trim around the front
wheel well and white sideboard is missing. Luckily Molotow Liquid Chrome
pen was with in reach.
When we look at the interior of the car, it’s obvious that it all had to
be repainted due to poor plastic look. Therefore the model was
dissembled and all parts were painted in right colors. The instrument
panel includes a dashboard and a sticker of instruments. This sticker
could carefully being removed and later placed over the newly painted
dashboard. After the seats, doors (back and rear side) was painted along
with the sand-color carpet the interior emerge a bit more realistic.
Back in the trunk the spare tire resides, but on the real car the spare
tire is concealed under a floorboard in the trunk (if the wheels have
been narrower to scale, it could have been possible for the maker to
solve this more accurate.
The plastic parts of windows and lenses are all well made and the little
car has good emblems (for a model at this price range) on front, fenders
and deck lid. But it’s a shame the white part on the side of the front
fenders and doors is made of plastic.
So is this model a bargain? No not at all, but its cheep in price…But
sadly also in product quality. The paint is fantastic and chrome is
good, but it needs a little tenderness. So even if you lay some time and
effort in it, the result will still be a cheap model car!
If you are willing to spend 6 X times more, AutoArt make some fantastic
I use to recommend a model to you regardless of pro and cons, but in
this case I will say spend you money on a other model.
I will give this model
2 out of 6 stars ******
Below here are pictures of the model,
historical description, old brochures, technical data and some movie clips for
the real car. So please enjoy!
1956-1957 Corvette by Mike McNessor
Since the Corvette's rocky introduction in 1953, its designers have
faced a vexing challenge: how to profitably build a sports car that can
compete with Europe's best while carrying a price tag that Chevrolet
enthusiasts can aspire to.
At times, the formula has been wildly successful, at times slightly off
the mark, but since the introduction of the all-new 1956 Corvette,
America's sports car has consistently delivered exciting performance and
exotic styling at a price that, while not necessarily affordable to the
masses, has at least been attainable for more than a few lucky owners.
For 1956, the 'Vette's knockout performance came from a 265-cu.in.
Chevrolet small block--a world-beating power plant, consistently voted
one of the greatest of all time, and one that would power Corvettes for
more than three decades.
The '56 Corvette's striking new exterior design, however, seems to have
come from somewhere east of Detroit--namely Stuttgart, Germany. Gone
were the 1953-'55 Corvette's flamboyant tailfins, and replaced by a
rounded tail with an aggressive slope. Up front, the 'Vette's fenders
lunged forward like the front legs of a bounding cat, capped by a single
pair of bulging headlamps and flanking an oval-shaped mouth with 13
vertical teeth, bared aggressively. The new Corvette lacked only a set
of gullwing doors to complete its grinning impersonation of the
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. (Some reports say that a faction inside of
Chevrolet was actually advocating gullwing doors, though the idea was
nixed due to weight and cost concerns.)
GM designers shot for the moon when they emulated the 300 SL--in its
day, an exotic supercar on par with the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
But while the Corvette might have shared some of the legendary Benz's
looks and impressive acceleration, Chevrolet kept the car more
affordable than the 300 SL by building it on a conventional steel ladder
frame chassis with a fiberglass body. By comparison, the race-bred Benz
was built on a tube chassis that weighed a mere 110 pounds and was clad
with an aluminum hood, trunk lid and doors.
Additional conventional touches linked the Corvette to its passenger-car
siblings in Chevrolet's lineup and distanced it from the less-successful
1953-'55 Corvette. There were now chrome door handles and door locks, as
well as roll-up windows and an optional power convertible top--though
not necessarily exotic, these details made the new Corvette a better fit
for the mainstream American sports-car buyer.
Automotive journalist and Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car columnist Karl
Ludvigsen called the '56 Corvette "A real traffic stopper," in a Sports
Cars Illustrated review of the then-new Chevrolet. "Without
qualification, General Motors is now building a sports car."
For 1957, the Corvette's styling didn't change, but Chevrolet moved the
car even closer to the 300 SL with the addition of a mechanical
fuel-injection system called out by a trio of badges, one in each of the
Corvette's signature coves and another on its trunk lid. The Corvette
also matched the 300 SL's four-speed manual transmission, with a unit
supplied by Borg-Warner. And just to make sure that the world took
notice, the 265-cu.in. Small-block was enlarged to 283-cu.in. Buyers
were offered two versions of the engine with fuel injection: the first
with hydraulic lifters and 9.5:1 compression, and the now-legendary
283hp 283 with a solid-lifter Duntov cam and 10.5:1 compression.
Was Chevrolet's Corvette comeback kid a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL imitator by
design? Perhaps; But while M-B aimed future versions of its SL straight
at the deep pockets of the Beverly Hills set, Chevrolet remained true to
building a world-class sports car with a distinctly American accent.
Chevrolet pulled something amazing out of the hat for
1957: Fuel Injection. First run in 1956 at the Sebring race, the
Rochester Ramjet injection was an answer to Mercedes-Benz which featured
fuel injection in the 1954 300SL. The innovation solved a fuel
starvation problem caused by sloshing while cornering with carbureted
engines under race conditions. The fuel injection system, displayed in a
cutaway drawing to the left, also enabled Chevrolet to boast of 1 hp per
cubic inch of displacement with the 283 cu. in., 283 hp engine.
To keep this development in perspective, consider this. Almost all of
the high priced supposedly advanced competition -- including Jaguar,
Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini -- did not go with fuel injection until
the 1970s or later.
The new system was complex and costly however. At $484.20, the one
option added over 15% of the price of an entire Corvette. Buyers found
it irresistible however, with 1,040 checking the box on the order form.
The complexity also resulted in a high maintenance reputation.
Not up for debate is the way the market treats fuel injected Corvettes
of the era. Corvette enthusiasts went for it in a big way in 1957 and
more so 50 years later as a collectable; the price premium for a "Fuelie"
as they are often called is significantly higher than their more mundane
There was more good go-fast news for Corvette buyers in 1957. Just south
of the clutch, a new four speed manual transmission became available as
of April 9, 1957. 664 1957 Corvettes were so equipped at an extra cost
of $188.30. Special four speeds had been installed in some race cars, so
apparently the "More is Better" philosophy applied.
The marketing people had started to become aggressive with the
competition. This was the start of a series of ads that continued for
many years, pointing out that the imports did not entirely own the
sports car world.
Wheelbase, inches 102.0
Length, inches 168.0
Width, inches 70.5
Track, inches front: 57.0 rear: 59.0
Height, inches 51.1
Curb Weight, pounds 2,985
Type ohv V-8
Displacement, liters/cu inch 4.6/283
Bore x stroke, inches 3.875 x 3.00
Fuel Management 1 x 4-bbl. 2 x 4-bbl. fuel injection
Horsepower: 220, 245, 250, 270, 283hp
|AM Radio, signal seeking
|Parking Brake Alarm
|Wheels, 15 x 5.5
|Whitewall Tires, 6.70 x 15
|Power glide Automatic Transmission
|Power Operated Folding Top
|245 hp Engine
|270 hp Engine
|250 hp Engine Fl (579A)
|283 hp Engine FI (579B)
|250 hp Engine FI (579C)
|283 hp Engine FI (579E)
|Positraction Rear Axle, 3.70:1
|Positraction Rear Axle, 4.11:1
|Positraction Rear Axle, 4.56:1
|Heavy Duty Racing Suspension
|4-speed Manual Transmission