We all know the drill. Ford vs. Chevy. Who's better? Maybe you prefer Dodge? Whatever you prefer, everyone in the world has their own favorite brand or company, and that extends into car ownership. But I often wonder how far that extends into diecast model collecting? Do we tend to stay away from brands we don't like, and hold the ones we do to a higher regard? I gathered six models from the big three American companies to see how they fare.
This post began as a means of showcasing AutoWorld's latest 1/64 2018 Ford F150, a fantastic model which has been talked about much before. But I figured I'd turn it into something different, so I grabbed two other trucks, in this case being a Greenlight Dodge Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Centennial Edition, two older models but still quite well-done.
Alongside the trucks I grabbed three muscle cars as well. Once again, we have one AutoWorld, this time the 1967 Oldsmobile 442 in red, and two Greenlights: a 1970 Plymouth Cuda and a 1970 Ford Mustang. I picked up the Olds the same time I did the aforementioned F150, so it's fairly recent as well and this also serves as a look at that model at well.
Now, before we dive in, I'd like to make it clear that I am a GM fanatic. I do like Ford and Chrysler a fair bit, but I've grown up in GM vehicles (namely Chevrolet pickups) and I've had a strong fondness for them since I was young. However, some of their selection has been a little lacking of late, not to mention their corporate practices (that I choose to not mention at the moment), so the love isn't exactly as strong as it used to be.
That all being said, I do appreciate these two models quite a fair bit. The Silverado has been a strong favorite of mine since I picked it up a few years back; I'm a huge fan of the Centennial Edition Silverado as it stands and was quite happy when I saw that Greenlight produced it. That being said the truck sits a little high for my liking, looking like someone took the stock truck and gave it a small lift. I may live in the deep south, but lifted trucks just aren't my thing.
The Oldsmobile on the other hand, is flawless. I love the gorgeous scarlet red color matched with the white landau roof and dog dish wheels. I'll talk more on this subject in a minute, but something about more basic looking variants of muscle cars interest me a lot, lot more than some all-out flashy version in comparison. This Olds hits all the right spots, and I can't help but admire it with each passing glance.
As far as Chryslers are concerned, they've always sat at the bottom of the list. They've always seemingly had lower quality cars than the other two, but still, they've had their fair share of hits in my eyes over the years. The latest generation of Rams has been some of them, so naturally, I had to pick one up when I saw it. While I like what GL was going for with this lifted All-Terrain variant in a nice steel blue color, the model as a whole seems a tad lackluster. Once again, I'm not one for lifted trucks, and the plasticky chrome on the bumpers and roof rails is just tacky and off-putting. Definitely the last place of the truck category.
The Cuda, on the other hand, is a fairly solid model. I appreciate the color used here (I think the bright greens and oranges usually found on these old Mopars are quite overrated), and Greenlight took out a lot of time for the fine detailing such as the silver shaker hood and side striping. This car almost feels like a Greenlight standard: if you find a Cuda by them, you're going to get a great model, and this one is no different.
If you guessed that Ford ends up in the middle in terms of ranking, you'd be correct. I'm quite a fan of some of Ford's stuff over the years, but there's been a lot in the middle I've never found much interest in. That all being said, the F150 here is by far the best of these three trucks. It's perfectly sculpted and detailed, in perfect true 1/64 scale, and thankfully, it doesn't look lifted like crazy. If anything, this is one of the best models of the last decade, even though it came out just under the wire.
The Mustang on the other hand, is kind of mediocre. It's not an inherently bad model, but it falls very short of the other two muscle cars. But it does have one thing going for it: that black landau roof. As stated earlier, it's the little things like that which make me love specifications like these; they stand out in such a great way. But, this Mustang just falls a little on the bad side of this model game, but I'd hardly say it's an inherently bad model overall.
I decided to do this particular comparison to see if my inherent bias towards GM would mean those two would end up pulling ahead. However, I was glad to see that that wasn't the case...well, only halfway not the case. The undoubted leader of the truck race here is definitely the F150, but the Oldsmobile was still the best of the muscle cars for me. Maybe this proves how good AutoWorld is more than anything, but I digress.
But this is all just my opinion. I was able to look past my bias for a certain brand to see just how good others were, albeit in 1/64 scale. But I do know that others may not be able to be as equally fair. Brand loyalty can be a cruel, cruel mistress, but at the same time I think some people can be justified in their beliefs on the subject. Just as long as you aren't inherently rude about it, you'll be fine. Like what you like, no matter the scale.