I have already covered the 1958-60 Continental in four-door hardtop and convertible form, so let’s complete the set (well, except for the pillared sedan) with the two-door hardtop. No 1/1-scale version was handy, but fortunately, Sun Star makes a fine miniature version.
Sun Star has been around for at least a dozen years in the U.S., with a basic 1/18-scale line in the $30-35 range. It includes a ’63 Corvair Monza, ’67 Cougar, ’60 T-Bird, Sixties Chevy and Ford pickups, and more. But about five years ago, they introduced a premium line, the Platinum series.
These were in the $60-65 range, and more in line with Highway 61 models, with functioning suspension, realistic hood and door hinges, simulated carpeting and more.
The first one I bought was a yellow ’56 Lincoln Premiere I found at Menards during Christmastime. The detail was very good, though as the inaugural Platinum model, there were a few glitches–such as a ride height that was a bit taller than in real life.
Unfortunately, the paint/plastic on the seats never fully dried, and bits of the felt carpeting and dust would adhere to it, with me having to go over it with a damp washcloth every few months. I eventually traded it to the local hobby shop guy for a ’56 Premiere coupe in red–which I still have. The coupe model corrected the earlier convertible’s ride height problem, too.
More recently, a 1958 Continental Mark III came out, and as mentioned in my ’58 Continental post earlier, I got a pink convertible. I was very impressed with the detail, but when a coupe came out in about 2010, I had to have one of those as well. I hinted at my desire for a Seneca Blue example, and Dad came through in time for Christmas.
As you can see, the car is scaled perfectly, with the reverse-slant Breezeway roofline, front fender “pods” and turbine-vaned wheel covers all spot-on. And yes, the glove box opens.
If that wasn’t enough, the fender skirts are also removable. Why? Well, why not?
More recently, Sun Star has released the coupe in Copper Poly with light beige leather. Even though I already have two of these mini land yachts, I just might have to add another one to the fleet!
And if this Connie floats your boat, Sun Star also offers a ’59 Olds Ninety-Eight, ’58 Buick Roadmaster, ’56 Mercury Montclair, ’55 Nash Ambassador, and ’58 Ford Fairlane 500, among others. The only problem is they are a bit dear, so I generally get them on my birthday or for Christmas. As a result, I only have about four, but they are all keepers!