1968 Dodge Dart 440 GTS diecast
Produced by Ertl in 2005, the 1968 Dodge Dart 440 GTS diecast model car 1:18 scale is part of a Limited Edition of 2500 cars. A true-to-scale replica of MOPAR Champion Ron Mancini’s bumble bee-striped SS/EA 440 Dart, which on its first time out created a new class record of 12.02, 118 mph. Ron drove it to the world record and second place overall in national points in 1968 and was only edged out by another Dodge in the last race of the season.
This diecast model is No 7 in the Series and features opening doors and trunk, removable front hood, chrome accents, real rubber tires and a beautifully detailed interior. The dimensions of the car are approximately L-10.5, W-4.25, H-3 inches. The window box dimensions are L-13.75 x W-6.5 x H-5.75 inches. The model is still in its original packaging with the plastic banding still around the model. It was never displayed and the box shows minimal storage wear. A must have for true collectors!
The Ertl Company
An American toy company best known for its diecast metal alloy collectible replicas (or scale models) of farm equipment and vehicles. Ertl was based in Dyersville, Iowa, home of the National Farm Toy Museum dedicated to farm equipment and diecast models. Production of diecast farm toy replicas began in 1945 and for over 60 years, the company produced farm toys for industry brands such as John Deere, Case IH, New Holland, and AGCO. Also on different occasions, Ertl acquired the licenses to produce diecast vehicles and figurines.
In the early 1990s Ertl started the American Muscle line up of diecast collectible cars and trucks. These were 1:18 scale replicas that quickly found a dedicated following of baby boomers. Limited editions of 2,500 were especially sought after. Purchased by Racing Champions in 1999, Ertl is currently a brand under the RC2 Corporation umbrella. The family of diecast replicas has expanded to include diecast model race cars and sports vehicles. The company retains Ertl’s brand and its long history of producing quality diecast models.