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Become a Model Corvette Owner

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery


1977 Corvette MPC Model

You can find a model of virtually every year of Corvette from the 1960s and 1970s. Most of them offer a "stock" build or a variety of optional hot rod build parts.

If you're like me, you want to have a garage full of Corvettes - one each of every year, every engine option, and every body style would be nice. And throw in a '63 Grand Sport for good measure. But since we've stipulated that you're like me, you don't have nearly enough money to achieve that lofty goal. So what's a Corvette enthusiast to do?

The obvious answer, that we've known since we were 10 years old, is to buy models. For about $10, you can have that 1967 L88 Convertible and park it next to that perfect 1953 in Polo White.

There are any number of great places to buy Corvette models - ebay tops the list, of course, and that's generally where I've purchased mine. You can also occasionally score a treasure at a swap meet, but in the course of researching this article, I've found a couple websites that offer a good selection at bargain prices. CorvetteModels specializes in die-cast pre-built models, while JimnOhio's offers a great selection of classic plastic assemble-it-yourself models.

If you look a bit, you can find just about any kind of Corvette model you want. 1953 is a popular year, as is 1957. The 1960s are fairly well represented, and because it was the heyday of modeling, you can get a Corvette model in virtually every year of the 1970s. In the 1980s, the model options drop off a bit, and then the die-cast craze really got going, so the selection of C5 and C6 Corvettes is mainly pre-built.

Now here's the quandary about do-it-yourself models - do you build it or leave it in the original shrink-wrapped box?

If you open the box, you just dropped the collectible value of the kit. If you assemble the model, paint it, and make it suitable for display, you just dropped the value to pretty much nothing. But since you probably paid about $10-$20 for the model in the first place, it's not like you're committing a gross financial sin.

Personally, I like to build the models. I have an MPC kit of a 1977 Corvette just like the About.com Project Corvette. I plan to build this model to look as much like the finished Corvette as I can make it. A little trophy for the mantelpiece. Plus, if you have an exact scale model of your car, that plays well at car shows.

As inexpensive as it is to buy model Corvettes, the only question I have is why everyone doesn't have a collection?

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