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1959 Century Coronado Speed Boat (1/25) (fs)

 
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This kit from Lindberg dives deep into the classic tooling bank to bring back a kit unseen since the early 1960s. The Century Coronado 21’ Speedboat was advertised as “the most immaculately styled and remarkable performing runabout yet conceived.” Pulling accents and details from the automobiles of its day, the Coronado was constructed from African Mahogany and featured a luxurious upholstery and slide-back top. In the world of Antique & Classic Boating, the name “Coronado” represents the dramatic new approach to runabout design that designer Richard Arbib and Century brought the market in late 1954 for the 1955 season. Incorporating modern overhead-valve V-8 engines capable of propelling the new Coronado’s to top speeds of 55 MPH, the boat was a hit with performance hungry consumers at the time. If you recognize Arbib's name, it is worth noting that he also designed the "V" themed 1957 Hudson Hornet for American Motors.

Arbib suggested a new approach to traditional speedboat design: ignore the past and re-invent the speedboat; introduce fashion and timeliness to boat styling. Painted hull schemes and bold contrast were foremost. And, while Century could easily have kept the incumbent "Resorter" name, the new name was as important as the boat itself. Considering Century’s aspiration to be the “Cadillac of Boats”, the phonetic similarity between Coronado and Eldorado was more than a coincidence. Arbib’s creative artistic genius and Century’s willingness to push forward culminated in the 1959 Coronado. From the air-intake nose vent to the shapely fiberglass appliques and chrome-crowned sliding hardtop option, it exuded excess. Inside, the automotive detailing prevailed with bright colors and textures configured in new ways.
Features
  • 9 1/2" Length
  • Removable Engine Hatch Exposes Complete Marine Engine
  • Rotating Propeller
  • Sliding Roof
  • Premier Cartograf Ultra-Quality Decals
  • Made in the USA

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