Diecast Cars for Auto Aficionados
For more than four decades, the Franklin mint has created treasured collectibles and works of fine art that have touched the lives of people throughout the world. From dolls and games to die cast models, the Mint’s gifted artisans craft keepsakes that can be passed down through the generations.
One such line of collectibles that bring joy to auto aficionados everywhere are their line of diecast cars. These exquisitely detailed models are collectible pieces of automobile history, representing all of the classic manufacturers and their iconic vehicles. So while most car lovers won’t have the chance to own their own classic Corvette or Mustang, the Franklin mint has a diecast model with all of their details intact. Sure, you won’t be able to take it around the block for a spin, but it’s the next best thing to owning the real thing.
The Franklin Mint’s line of diecast cars covers both domestic and foreign vehicle classics. On the domestic side, the big manufacturers such as Chevy, Ford, Plymouth and Cadillac are all well represented.
For Chevy, it is impossible ignore the Mint’s Corvette diecast models. Their 1965 Corvette Stingray is a perfect representation of this classic vehicle in all its glory. The mint captures all of the car’s details, down to the bulge hood, flip-up headlights and hinged fuel cap. Plus, any car aficionado will swoon with just one look at the recreation of the Corvette’s 396 Turbo Big Jet Block engine. The Franklin Mint’s 1965 Corvette Stingray is hand crafted with a body made from real fiberglass, just like the real version. Also, just like the real vehicle, there are a limited number of these models being made for sale worldwide.
With Ford, The Franklin Mint pays homage to a variety of different classic Mustangs from the 1960’s to the present, but it is their model of the 1965 Shelby Mustang that stands out from the pack. This precision engineered 1:24 scale replica is authentic in every detail, from the blue striping to the roaring 289 HiPo V-8 Shelby Cobra engine. The hood is even made of fiberglass, just like that of the actual car. Better still, every detail of the Franklin Mint’s replica of the 1965 Shelby Mustang has been authenticated by Carol Shelby himself.
The Franklin Mint’s line of Plymouth diecast model cars fittingly pays tribute to their line of 1970’s muscle cars, with the 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda 440 Six Pack. Though this car technically ended the muscle car era, today it stands as a cult classic that is one of the most sought after muscle cars to own. Thankfully, the Franklin Mint has created a replica of this vehicle that is the next best thing to the real car. The Cuda got its “Six Pack” moniker from the trio of two-barrel carburetors fitted to the 440cid engine. This car also has a distinctive grille, “fender gills” and quad headlamps. Hand-painted Triple Black, all of these elements are recreated in the Franklin Mint’s model, making it possible to share the legend of the ‘Cuda with your family for years to come.
Another iconic brand that has always been considered an American Classic is the Cadillac. Nowadays, we think of the Escalade as the symbol of luxury and the embodiment of the American dream. But back in the 1950’s it was all about Elvis and the legendary pink Cadillac. Fittingly, the Franklin Mint has a replica of just that. The 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood was as much of a social statement as it was a thing of beauty. It was a symbol of success for Elvis that exuded his over-the-top rock ‘n roll persona. The Franklin Mint’s replica Cadillac Fleetwood is modeled after the car Elvis gave his mama. It features over 175 hand-assembled components including operating features as well as Elvis’ favorite guitar: the Martin D28.
For fans of foreign sports cars, the Franklin Mint has models of the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and the Porsche 997 GT3 that will have speed demons licking their chops with envy. The Mint’s 1:18 scale diecast replica of the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera comes in Nero Noctis/Metallic Black and features a workable steering wheel and opening doors, trunk and hood. It also has a detailed undercarriage and engine compartment.
The Porsche 997 GT3 RS Black Die-cast Model is a 1:12 scale precision replica of the actual Porsche 997 GT3 RS “warp speed” vehicle; the most successful selling 911 in the company’s history. The model version features 448 separate metal and plastic parts that include photo-etched planes, metal wiring, screws and nuts. Though you can’t take this replica for a 187 mph joy ride, the details in this model will make you proud to own such a high quality collectible.
The idea of surprising the auto aficionado in your life with their dream vehicle this holiday season mostly exists only in car commercials. But thanks to the Franklin Mint’s diecast auto replicas, the dream can be a reality. Though the reality is on a noticeably smaller scale, the details and craftsmanship in the Franklin Mint’s models will make them a gift that your loved ones will cherish for years to come.