BROOKLIN AND THE 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY
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The first standard edition of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was released in 1986 and it is dark blue, with dark blue interior and silver base, although some models have a black base. Three color variations are known and an almost black variation is quite rare. The color of the standard Corvette was changed in 1987 to white, with silver base, and this was the final standard model, deleted in January 1996. The tyres are all blackwall. Few of the white models have orange license plate, whereas all the other white Corvettes have green plates. These were probably produced at approximately the same time as the colors were changed from dark blue to white.
In 1990 500 Corvettes were made, yellow body with black interior and “1 of 500” cast in base, decaled "99" on the doors and "B. F. Goodrich T/A Tires" on the rocker panels, commemorating the 15th Annual Corvette Conventions held in British Columbia in June 1990 and in Ontario in August 1990. B.F. Goodrich T/A radials were first produced in 1962, intended for the Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am, but due to their unprecedented wide profile, General Motors balked at having them appear as original equipment on their cars. Corvette owners, however, recognized the performance quality of the tyres and have chosen them across the board as the replacement tyre of choice. This Corvette was the third Brooklin special sporting the B.F. Goodrich name.
D.M.P. Studios converted 10 1963 Chevrolet Corvette in a yellow version with black interior and orange license plate with permission of Brooklin Models. These Code 2’s were made in 1988, have wire wheels and a hand painted number on the base.
ILLINOIS TOY SHOW
George Pekarik commissioned to Brooklin Models the 3rd Illinois Toy Show Brooklin special, a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette done for the February 1988 show. Done in red, with black interior, these models are certificated and have silver baseplates engraved with numbers 1 to 100. A few models exist not numbered.
MINIATURE CARS USA
At approximately the same time that George Pekarik was commissioning Brooklin to produce 1963 Chevrolet Corvettes in red for his Illinois Toy Show, Eric Waiter and Miniature Cars were also requesting a quantity of 500 special Corvettes also in red but with interiors finished in light beige. In 1991 an additional 200 were requested with black interior, which would make these identical in color scheme to the Illinois Toy Show models. These were mistakenly released by the factory before they realized the confusion that would ensue. Some of these had baseplates in silver and license plates in blue, again like the Illinois Toy Show group, but some were also released with baseplates in black and license plates in green
A silver 1963 Chevrolet Corvette was produced for Minigrid, Canada. It has black interior and blue license plate. Only 200 models were made. Base is black and leftover bases were used for some of the standard blue Corvette.
1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE
This is the only Chevrolet convertible produced and it is best known for missing a door lock on the driver's side. Strangely, it has a red interior, which wasn't available from Chevrolet in 1964 with the gold exterior. Tyres are narrow whitewall and the base is silver. It was released in May 1996 and deleted in January 1999 (BRK21A).
Author: Gianluigi Cappi
You may find more pictures and information on this model plus many other Brooklin stories in the Brooklin Models Collectors Guide.