About the model
The 1971 Holden Monaro race car is driven by Norm Beechey, who had won the 1970 ATCC in the same car, which is also produced by Classic Carlectables. The main differences between the 1970 and 1971 are: brake cooling ducts on the front of the 1971, different sponsor placement, different rims, and the 1970 was a winner. The 1971 Monaro is an LE of 2000. Model is very heavy, so be careful when lifting it.
What’s in the box
The model comes in the standard CC packaging, meaning strong white CC labelled exterior cardboard box, with inner coloured cardboard box, and the model inside a Styrofoam clamshell. No screws are present, as the Styrofoam keeps the model from moving around.
The model is painted in a bright yellow. It’s beautifully applied, with perfect thickness and smoothness everywhere the eye can see. No orange peel anywhere. It’s polished to a beautiful shine as well.
Stance looks good up front when compared to reference photos. Lights are spectacular, with the lightbulbs individually modelled and looking very realistic. The textured lense cover helps seal the deal to some of the best headlights I’ve ever seen on a model. The white turn signals under the bumper as just as well done, and of course none of the lights have attachment stubs. The grill is textured, but I can’t tell if it’s perforated. It’s nicely done, with a very detailed Holden logo in the center and “GTS” separate piece logo on the right. The chrome trim surrounding all lights and the grill are exquisite with no flaws anywhere. The chrome bumper is as nicely done as the chrome trim, with rivets (?) molded on it as well. The two silver “scoops” on the bottom are brake cooling ducts, and make the model look very aggressive. The hood has two very detailed and separate piece hood pins, and look so good that they look removable (they’re not). The two small vents on the hood are truly perforated, even though they don’t look like it at first glance. The “Holden” words and the red stripe on the hood are tampoes and are nicely applied. Hood shutlines are great, except at the edge near the windshield. My example has a 1.5mm gap between the hood and the edge (the rear edge looks forced up). It seems from ebay pics that this problem is quite common but not as serious as mine, so if you get one of these models, check it out first. The little vents under the windshield are textured but not perforated. But the windshield wipers deserve a mention. They are the most gorgeous wipers I have ever seen. The chromework is perfect, making it look like real metal. The details are so sharp, it feels like they actually work.
To the side, stance looks great. All sponsor logos are tampoes and look accurately placed. It’s very hard to find a photo of the 1971 Monaro ATCC, so if anyone found one, please let me know. The little “vents” under the “Norm Beechey” and “GTS” words are perforated, and not just black lines as it seems in the photos. On the driver side, the model has half down side window. The passenger side has full up side window. The chrome surrounds on the windows are delicate and exquisite. The chrome door handles and side mirror are also very detailed, and the chrome work is perfect. The keyhole, however, is just a silver paint dot. The exhaust pipe is painted in a metallic gunmetal colour, but sadly isn’t excavated too deeply. Shutlines on the doors are razor thin, but the handle is secure enough to be used as a door-opening helper. Note in the side view pics, you can see the hood problem I talked about.