Introduced July, 2004.
“Pro Rodz represent the next natural progression in die-cast for Maisto, as we take the vehicles from the pro-touring hotrod scene and bring them into the commercial spotlight” says Ralph Benitez, the innovative designer that has created the cutting-edge look, design, and attitude of Pro Rodz. “These modernized “super-rods” are here to reclaim the streets of America, and Maisto will be the first to offer these in a highly detailed, die-cast collectible. “
These cars all about style and speed. Imagine one of the baddest muscle cars of all time - the 1968 Camaro - with a brand new, fully chromed Corvette LS1 engine roaring under the hood. Pop the trunk and you will find a chrome fuel cell neatly tucked inside. The fully customized interior is equipped with racing-style bucket seats, 5-point harnesses, a chrome roll cage, lots of performance gauges and more. The body has been dropped into a low, aggressive stance, modified with a large cowl-induction hood, and a custom paint scheme. It looks fast.
The Pro Rodz titles will include:
1965 Pontiac GTO
1955 Chevrolet Nomad
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS
1969 Dodge Charger
1967 Ford Mustang GT
Titles will be available in various scales and will also come complete with custom liquid paint schemes, licensed wheels, and excessively detailed interiors. Product is expected to be on store shelves by the beginning of 2005.
The Maisto brand name was registered in 1990 by May Cheong, a vertically integrated manufacturer based in Hong Kong. The company has been manufacturing die cast replicas for over 30 years, have over 11,000 employees worldwide and manufacturing facilities covering over 2,000,000 square feet.
What's it worth? Take a look at this Pro Rodz price guide: sold listings for a value indication.