I saw this Racing Champions Police U.S.A. 1960 Chevy Impala at Scale Model Supplies in June. I had always enjoyed this series and have a few of these in my collection from the late 1990s. When I realized the package had been slit open, I asked for a discount when I took it up to the counter. He reluctantly agreed and I’m glad he did. When I got it home and took it out of the blister to inspect it closer, the hood – which has badly cracked paint – fell off.
1998 Police U.S.A. #34 | 1960 Chevy Impala | light blue Pennsylvania State Police, opening (falling off) hood | package slit open
The following cars I picked up years ago when I was still taking them out of the packages. Kansas City is a great town and the ’66 Nova is one sweet ride, so this combination works well for me.
06130 | 1998 Police U.S.A #46 | 1966 Chevy Nova | light blue with K.C.MO. Police trim, opening hood | 1:56
One of my all-time favorite cars, this beautiful tan 1960 Impala bears the State Patrol livery of my home state.
1997 Police U.S.A. #48 | 1960 Chevy Impala | tan North Dakota State Patrol, opening hood
The Twin Cities are another of my favorite places. Here’s a nice ’57 Bel Air St Paul police black and white. This model also has badly cracked and flecked paint.
1996 | ’57 Chevy Bel Air | black and white St. Paul Police | opening hood
I display my North Dakota State Patrol car atop this limited edition Swifty’s Garage Greenlight International Durastar car hauler. I think it looks pretty great.
This nice gray 1960 Chevy Impala is version B from the 2017 Racing Champions Mint Release 1. I have several of the Racing Champions 1960 Impalas from 2000 and prior, as well as two from 2016.
2017 | Racing Champions Mint R1 | 1960 Chevy Impala (Version B) | gray
Thomas E. Lowe is a busy man. In additon to owning Auto World and recently resurrecting the Johnny Lightning brand, his company, Round2, has also brought back Racing Champions diecast collectibles. While I understand new castings are in the works, Racing Champions Mint brings back some of our old favorites. I found my red 1960 Chevy Impala at a WalMart, but the cars are also available at Target, ToysRUs and Meijer (according to the very minimal Racing Champions website).
UPDATE: I recently found the blue variation at Target (see below).
2016 | Racing Champions Mint R1 | 1960 Chevy Impala (Version B) | red with white top
2016 | Racing Champions Mint R1 | 1960 Chevy Impala (Version A) | blue with white top