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Vintage Corvette Stingray Dragster

Published: July 4, 2003

What could be more fun than stepping into a time machine and exploring the past, complete with all the fun things that a given era had to offer? Since the invention of the time machine is still several years off, SCX has brought several treasures from the past back in their Vintage series. Every year, SCX digs a different item out from the archives. This year they have brought us the Corvette Stingray Dragster.
First released in 1975 and produced until 1982, the Corvette Stingray Dragster was originally available in four different colors; green, light blue, yellow and maroon. Though not based on any real dragster prototype, the Vintage Corvette does have the look of a supercharged exhibition wheelie stander from the mid '70's.

The SCX Vintage Corvette comes packaged in an attractive flip-top box decorated in the same colors as the car, complete with flames. For those that intend on leaving this car in the package on a shelf might be disappointed that there is not a clear cover to keep the dust off the car if displayed. It's my opinion that if you put this car on the track, the dust won't have time to settle.
The car itself is not the most accurate representation of a Corvette, even ignoring the massive engine sticking out of the rear deck. But that isn't what this car is all about. Had this car been produced today as a new model, I would be all over the style, proportions, and scale of this car. But the fun in the SCX Vintage line is that these car are a piece of the past, not the present.
Judging this car for what it is, and what it was, brings a whole new light to this car. The paint job is just cool, with that metallic blue with white flames, it just looks mean! The tampo printing is bright and sharp, and very believable for the era. It certainly looks like a wheelie standing hot rod from the mid '70's, or even today!

The massive chrome engine sticking out of the rear is impossible to miss. It is very
nicely detailed, with model kit quality, and sports eight exhaust pipes pointing upwards and back, and a blower and air scoop standing proudly over the roofline.

The driver sits on a shallow pan, but is painted up nicely. Though there is no face visible through the faceshield, the helmet is painted with the same colors as the car itself. The driver sits low, and looks ready to take on the strip!
Limited Edition cars come and go, and often the car inside is nothing special, only a sticker on the box denoting the limited status. SCX has taken the time to make this limited edition special by not only including a limited edition certificate, individually numbered, but they have stamped a matching
number onto the chassis of the car. This car is limited to a run of only 4,000 units. Get yours while they last!

The certificate is printed in the back of a little booklet included with this car. The booklet features a brief history of the Corvette, including a short bio of Harley Earl, some words about Corvette drag racing, some specs on the real Corvettes, and info on the original SCX Corvette Stingray Dragster Slot Car.
There is only one screw holding the body to the chassis, but getting the body off is a bit of a trick. With the screw removed, it is necessary to pry the front of the body out away from the chassis, as the chassis snaps into the body quite solidly without the screw. Once we've cracked the safe and found our way inside, we find a classic RX style motor from the early '60's! This motor looks fresh and new, and itself is a little gem. With all the parts so open and exposed, this motor would make an interesting teaching
tool to those learning electro-mechanical. It is definitely a window into the past.
Just past the motor this car becomes pretty conventional, by today's standards. A 9-tooth pinion turns a 27 tooth crown, and from there the power is passed through brass bushings to the huge rear tires. Forward of the motor is a rather unconventional guide, a vintage guide actually, that is secured to the chassis with a screw. Vintage or not, it all looks very clean and functional, and nothing looks out of place here.
If I were to critique this car as a slot car, based on today's standards, one thing I might point out is that the front wheels are badly crowned, and for optimum performance should probably be put to a sander and trued up a bit. The rear tires also benefited from a bit of truing, as this being a non-magnet car, any untrue tire will be very evident on the track. But with trued tires, and a little oil to the gears and bushings, this car is right at home on the track.
This car certainly has some get-up-and-go! Though it's not the quickest car in my stable, it is certainly fast, but be warned. Like one of the drag racers this car is loosely modeled after, this car has no brakes, and you find yourself wishing for a parachute to slow it down. It takes longer to slow down than it does to get up to speed, so give yourself plenty of
slow down room! But this aside, I found that those huge rear tires hold the corners very well, and it can be slid with ease around the twisties.
This car is truly as much fun to drive as it is to look at. As of this writing I have no pricing information on this car, but if it's anything like the previous Vintage releases, this car shouldn't cost much more than any standard issue. I highly recommend picking one up, either to look at, or to race. It brings back the nostalgia of the past, and makes you appreciate how far we've come. The looks are outstanding, and performance is probably better than you would think.

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