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  • Ertl 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu

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    Oooops....mismarked package...sidenote, I've stayed at the Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino, it was about a quarter mile from my Dad's house when he lived there.

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    The Ertl American Muscle series was a premium series that floated either side of the year 2000, and while the number of models made were few, the detail applied is worthy even to models made today. Scale is consistent, right at 1/64. And where others (ahem...Hot Wheels...Johnny Lightning) couldn't quite get the C pillar over the rear wheels right, Ertl got it spot on. This is a tough car to pull off well in scale.

    I asked Tom Z once about this model specifically, and he told me one of the guys had one out in the parking lot for them to study, and it shows. As well done as this series was, the price made them a bit prohibitive in their day, and I would guess that is why they migrated to other series over time. Of course, Ertl had merged with Racing Champions about the time these came out, and a few years later they merged with Johnny Lightning. Now that Round 2 (Auto World) has brought back JL and RC (but do not have the rights to the Ertl name), some of these models are filtering back into the RC lineup, which is welcome in my book. This particular Chevy though, has yet to make a reappearance.
    Last edited by jt3; 07-23-2021, 08:20 PM.
    The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    Yes the ERTL American Muscle series - I recall when they came out and started coming home with me. I do remember my wife raising her eyebrows at me over the higher price. They were top of the line - worth models of the day and a surprise to see them from ERTL and not one of the other brands of the day.


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      That car looks sexy no joke that is the best model I have seen of it


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        My buddy had a yellow '65 SS Chevelle with a 327/350 HP similar to the one in your picture. I did see a RARE yellow '65 SS 396 in the showroom of a Chevy dealer in 1965 (only 201 made). Those fake mag hubcaps just didn't seem right on that car. Did you know Hoss Cartwright (Dan Blocker) from Bonanza was given one by Chevrolet?

        While the '65 GTO with a 389 was more popular along with the '65 442 with a 400, I chose to be different with a '65 Buick Skylark Gran Sport with a 401. My choice was wrong and got beaten by GTOs and SS 396 Chevelles. The gears for my car were too high. I got rid of that Buick 2 years later. I'd love to see a 1/64 scale model made of a '65 Buick Skylark Gran Sport. The mechanic at the Buick dealer had a '65 Buick Skylark Gran Sport with 4:30 gears and he had many trophies from dragstrips.

        I'd love to have a 'yellow 1:1 65 SS Chevelle with a 327/350HP .

        1965 was a great year for cars!