Promos should be displayed in an area without any direct ultraviolet or sunlight. Corvette promos that were not painted (molded in colored plastic) can be very susceptible to sunlight. This is especially true for white promos. It's also best to keep them inside display cases so they won't get dusty. (Hint- visit the "Links" page for display cases.)
Promos are best stored in separate boxes. We don't recommend storing them in extreme temperatures (especially the 1953-1960s that were made with Acetate plastic).
Most promos can be washed with mild soap and warm water. However, extreme caution should be used with the painted 1962s. They were originally painted with a water-based paint that may wash off. Also keep in mind that some promos may have become very brittle over time. The promos that are notorious for becoming brittle include: all 1961s, Daytona Blue Metallic 1963-1964s and Nassau Blue Metallic 1966s. The chassis can easily be removed on most Corvette promos to make them easier to wash. There are a few cars that had the chassis glued to the body, so we don't recommend that you attempt to take these apart. They are the 1963s, 1964s and 1970s. We also recommend that you use extreme caution when removing the chassis from any of the 1961-1962s because the chassis screws thread into posts on the underside of the hood. These posts have a tendency to break, sometimes taking along the corner of the hood. In most cases you're better off leaving 1961-1962 Corvette promos assembled.
Many Corvette promos left the manufacturer with a somewhat dull finish. Some collectors polish their promos with an automotive or plastic polish to give them a shinier appearance. Conversely, some collectors prefer their promos to have that dull factory untouched look.
The plating on some Corvette promos may have dulled over the years. Some collectors prefer to retain the original chrome plating even if it's not very nice. Conversely, some collectors have the chrome replated so the promos look like new. Also, reproduction chrome parts are available for many of the earlier Corvette promos. (Hint- visit the "Links" page for plastic chrome plating and reproduction parts.)
Most 1971 and newer promos are fairly durable and can be shipped without much problem. Just be sure to keep the promo snug (not tight) in its box so it can't flop around.
The 1958-1970 convertible promos can get broken during shipment if not properly packaged. Although anything can happen, here's what we recommend:
The 1963-1964 Daytona Blue Metallic coupes and the 1966 Nassau Blue Metallic coupes can be very problematic to ship. There's really no safe way to ship these cars. Hand delivery is recommended. However, if shipping is absolutely necessary, here's what we suggest. Pack the promo barely snug in its promo box so it can't flop around. Wrap the promo box with lots of bubble wrap. Pack the bubble wrapped promo box in a heavy corrugated box (approx. 12" x 12" x 12").
The 1953-1960 PMC cars are fairly durable and can be shipped without much problem. Just be sure to keep the promo snug (not tight) in its box so it can't flop around.
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