By Maz Woolley
All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.
Atlas has now completed the BTCC collection at model 24. It is still inviting new collectors to sign up on its web site despite the fact that Atlas had already sold significant numbers of at least 16 of that collection to the wholesale trade. The model shown in this post is the car that Bernard Unett drove to the 1974 Class A British Saloon Car Championship a 1600cc Hillman Avenger GT. For Rootes/Chrysler collectors it complements the Sunbeam Imp already seen in this series.
The Atlas model appears to be a realistic replica of the car from period photographs with the livery very accurately captured. Even the GT chrome strip is printed across the roof. The use of multi part windows that flush fit into the gaps make the side windows much more convincing than on models where the B pillars are cast items.
Lovely “bullet” wing mirrors are replicated as are the taped front lights. The windscreen wipers are plastic, black and are thin and accurately formed – I just wish more makers would use these and not photo-etched ones. The period Warwickshire number plates are neatly done front and rear.
The rear of the two door Avenger is very well modelled with the hockey stick rear lights very nicely done with translucently painted lenses behind clear plastic. All the rear badging and logos are clearly printed and well positioned as is the GT badge on the C Pillar.
Quite a lot of effort has gone into the wheels which have the ventilation slots in the gaps between the silver rims.
The Chrysler Pentastar is much to the fore in the livery. Inside the dash mouldings are good and include the extra rev counter perched above the dashboard but they do not include all the extra switchgear in the centre and left of the dash, or the fire extinguisher.
The casting is thought to be by PCT (Ixo’s owner) and it will be interesting to see if it is used again. Comparing it to the Dodge 1800SE from the South American series which was based upon the Avenger there are some similarities but the body shell is not identical.
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