GreenLight’s Latest Barrett Jackson Series Models

9 Nov 2009 | 3,144 views | No Comment
When it comes to collector car events, few compare to the ritz, glitz, and glamour of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. Fashion shows, ride ‘n drives, and plenty of nightlife welcome visitors to the events, help in Scottsdale, Palm Beach,. Fla. and Las Vegas. The stars of these shows are the dizzying array of classic and special interest cars Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces the “World’s Greatest Collector Car Events” in Scottsdale, Palm Beach, Fla. and Las Vegas. Over the past 38 years, the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction has grown to be a star-studded event over six days, with over 1,000 vehicles, along with fashion shows, ride and drives and other pastimes. Given all that GreenLight Collectibles may have walked into a gold mine when it decided to start a Barrett Jackson series featuring cars and trucks that have crossed the sales floor at the famed auction. Each one of these models in 1:64 scale is absolutely breathtaking, to the point of making you wonder on earth they managed to pack so much detail in such a small package. Take a look at the 7th and 8th series models in the collection, for instance. Each package contains a beautifully replicated vehicle, a trading car with the price that the real car sold for, and some background about the car and when and where it sold. The 1970 yellow ‘Cuda, is actually better looking and more accurate than many much larger models that I’ve seen, with such small items as the hood pins, emblems on hood scoops and hockey stick decals all accurately displayed. There’s a hint of red in the grille, just as there is with the real car, and even the upholstery pattern on the “leather” is absolutely spot-on. There simply are no flaws on this model. Some people may be unhappy that there are not more operating features on this car, but with all the detail, who cares? It’s a beautiful piece. Equally nice is a soft yellow 1969 Buick GS 400 that sold for $32,000 at the auction. Again, the detail is all there, from the tiny, year-specific red GS emblem over the rear running light, the trademark Bucik sweepspear, and the nice detail on the hood scoops. The steering wheel, instrument panel and seat design is exactly as you would see it on the 1969 Buick GS 400 model. One flaw on this one—the crosshatch grille found on the 1969 model is not as clearly presented as I would like. But considering you almost never see models of the 1969 Buick GS anywhere, I happily agree to be joyous over the GreenLight model. A nicely done 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 that is done in a nice silver gray with red stripes and white lettered tires also is part of the series 7 collection. A nice, black set of louvers covers the rear hatch window, and the five spoke wheels are clearly replicating the real ones on the real car. The Mustang emblem on the grille, properly placed and on tri-colors is another point of interest on this stunning model. Can you believe a 1968 Chevy Impala SS Coupe, done in Marina Blue going for $55,000? Believe it! There was such a car sold at last year’s Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event for that amount of money. But of course, it was powered by a 427 cubic inch V-8 backed by a four speed manual transmission. This car is done beautifully for Series 8 by GreenLight, featuring that rare engine combination that garnered so much money. You’ll also see the side gills that distinguished this car, and the cool road wheels that Chevy sported that year. The roof profile is especially difficult to pull off, but GreenLight nailed this feature, too. Truck fans get in on the fun too in series 8 with the 1970 Chevrolet C-10 pickup, a nice two tone gold and white shade with whitewalls and the requisite Chevy design road wheels. A highlight of this model is the beautiful Chevrolet lettering on the tailgate that is a dead ringer for the real truck. This particular truck sold for $34,100 at a 2008 auction. It was a 10-year total frame-off restoration project. The most beautiful 1:64 scale 2008 Challenger SRT8 that I’ve ever seen also comes from the GreenLight Series 7 Barrett-Jackson products. This one is a replica of the very first production Dodge Challenger which sold for $400,000. The car can be distinguished by a dash plaque noting its number one status, and it also had all the production options including the Hemi V-8, five speed automatic, sunroof, navigation and other features. The proportions on this car are spot-on, and the aluminum looking road wheels are a thing of beauty rarely seen replicated this well in this scale. A tiny chrome gas cap graces the fender on the car. GreenLight products sell for anywhere from three to five dollars apiece at major “box” department stores as well as at many hobby shops. For more information go to www.greenlighttoys.com for more information.

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