I still don’t know what to think about the mid-engine C8 Corvette. I am sure it is one of the best performing Vettes ever, and there is no argument when it comes to the advantages of a mid-engine car. But I’m not an under-the-hood guy (it took me a long time to admit that), but more an aesthetics guy. It is going to take awhile for me to come around to the looks of this new Corvette.
There is no denying the significance of the new Corvette. Whether this dork diecast blogger likes the design or not doesn’t take away the admiration Chevrolet deserves for mixing up an icon the way they did. And it is that significance that means I’m collecting C8 releases within the brands I collect. Good thing, because almost ALL of them are doing one. Mini GT, Auto World, and Hot Wheels have all teased theirs. Matchbox too, and they even sent me one to show. And it is rad.
Is it a scrunched Ferrari? Or a wavy NSX? No, it’s a Corvette, and the Matchbox casting is a darn good replica. It will debut in blue with dark rims, and it is going to be a popular model.
I went with my dark stylized photos, because Lamley, but hopefully you can see how well the flowing lines of the Vette came out. The casting is a nice size, and actually fits really well scale-wise with previous Matchbox Corvettes.
As I am writing, I want to try and focus on the model, but I keep wanting to write about the car itself. I guess that is a compliment to the realism of the Matchbox. The replica is about as close a replica as a $1 car can be, and there isn’t much more to write about it because of that. I don’t “review” models, I write about them and showcase them, and this nice replica makes me think of the real Corvettes.
I loved the C4. Loved it. I was around 10 when it debuted. I had my dad pull over to the side of the road one time and get out and take a photo of me in front of one at a Chevy Dealership in Boise, Idaho. We were fully into ’80’s style, which at the time was defined as “not 70’s”, so the cleaner look of the C4 definitely felt right compared to the bellbottom slacks of previous generations. Since then? I’m back into the bellbottoms. The more flare the better, so the Greenwood is my jam. The C4 looks a bit boring now.
So for that I hold out hope I will come around to the C8. It is bold in execution, but a little boring in style. Maybe I will change that. I will at least have a few in my collection to work on changing my mind.