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Auto World kicks off new diecast line with Dodge Challenger Wide Body

by Bill Cawthon on

Just in time for the holidays, Auto World has the perfect stocking stuffer for the Mopar muscle fan: the first True L.E. diecast release, a 1:64 scale Dodge Challenger with Classic Design Concepts’ Wide Body conversion.

“True L.E.” stands for True Limited Edition and it’s not just a marketing gimmick; the tooling is destroyed after the production run of 9,500 pieces for worldwide sale. Each model comes with a small, sealed plastic container holding shavings from the destruction of the tooling. True L.E. recorded the destruction and has a YouTube link on their website.

5,000 pieces have been produced in two different colors, black and white, for sale through Toys ‘R’ Us beginning late this month. 3,000 in silver color will be distributed through the hobby channel in November and 1,500 HEMI Orange Special Edition models will be available only from Auto World’s own online store, autoworldstore.com. Suggested retail price is about $20.00.

The Wide Body package comes from Classic Design Concepts Group 2 Challenger Package, designed to allow the use of tires up to 10 inches wide on the front and 12 inches wide on the rear. The package includes wide composite fenders, wide composite rear quarter panel extensions, fenderwell extensions, front spoiler canards, 20 X 10 inch front and 20 X 11.5-inch rear 3-Piece U.S. Wheel forged “Crossover” wheels and Z-Rated Pirelli P-Zero Rosso Tires, 275/40 i front and 315/35 in the rear. CDC says the result is a Challenger ready for the track or capable of some serious street performance.

The True L.E. model captures the look of the full-size car from the special stainless steel mesh grille to the Corsa Catback exhaust. Open the hood and there’s the HEMI engine. A detailed interior is easily visible through the open side windows. The Crossover wheels and wide tires, complete with tread, look great.

Based on the available data, the model is extremely close to being exactly 1/64 the size of the real car. The length was off by less than half a scale inch. The model’s fidelity is not surprising; it’s based on the car that belongs to Tom Lowe, the CEO and founder of Round 2, which owns both the Auto World and True L.E. brands.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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