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"Die Cast X", October 1, 2012

Your Grandfather’s Olds

BROOKLIN 1937 L-37 Convertible Coupe

Wayne Moyer

1:43 | $120

The redesigned 1937 Oldsmobile 8-cylinder L-37 had the same long, low body as the more expensive LaSalle and smaller Buick and Cadillac models. The result was Oldsmobile’s best, by far, pre-war sales year. Brooklin has departed from its usual meat and potatoes models in releasing this very well done white-metal model of the top-line L-37 Convertible Coupe; while the body shell is the same as its earlier ’37 Buick Convertible (as in life), it has the correct and elaborate 8-cylinder Oldsmobile grille with flanking chrome intake screens, Olds hood vents, beltline-mounted taillights, and right-side gas cap. Side-mount spares, a thinner beltline molding, and a correct dash and sun visors are also new with this model. Vent windows are chromed, but home detailers might want to put some flash onto the unchromed beltline molding, the thin windshield frame, and the “Speedlines” on the side-mounts. The metallic “Delmar Gray Poly” paint is very good, and the deeply pleated red seats and door panels contrast beautifully, but there are no inner door handles or cranks. Both the lines and details match properly from all angles, and dimensions are right on 1:43 scale.

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