It's a great conversion that makes the car visually a bit leaner and really cleans up the front bumper transition to the body. '90s trim + an '80s coupe add up to a sum greater than the parts of both, imho.
While I certainly wouldn't object to a phantom factory stocker with these modifications - again, NOWHERE does Revell allow even the vaguest expectation of a stock '84-'85 Coupe DeVille or Fleetwood Brougham - I fail to see how dealing in a few facts necessarily makes you a J C Whitney junkie.
Anyone who can look past his own biases to admire skilled craftsmanship often finds himself compelled to admire a good lowrider on that basis alone. It's nearly the same in scale; we car modelers just luuurve our paint jobs, and you know where you can reliably see some of the slickest, most jaw-dropping finishes at a show? Right there in the "hooptie" section.
Another fact is that this kit ain't news. It was first offered as a diecast with a Lowrider Magazine tie-in 13 years ago, then converted to plastic and listed in Revell catalogs pretty constantly for the better part of the last decade. So no matter what an echo chamber of one's friends might suggest, there's some historical evidence that the true majority has enough interest in this kit to keep it a viable performer on the exact terms Revell presents it - a dedicated lowrider model from the start (btw, seen a fresh Revell Midget or '62 Impala lately?).
Another striking fact is that while Revell generated a suite of new parts for each of several diecast-to-plastic conversions before - the '68 Mustang, the '70 Challenger, the Subaru WRX, the Acura RSX, and the most esthetically successful of those conversions, the '58 Impala - this one was a pretty straight conversion from the diecast, with maybe a grille added, and then a quilted interior for the Donk version. While I think it'd be quite the crowd-pleasing move to put both interiors in a larger box, and then add factory Cadillac wire-covered wheels and the tires from, say, the Bandit Firebird with whitewalls on the decal sheet, Revell has apparently seen no need to do any such thing to enhance this kit's appeal.
Which is not to say that there aren't any nits to pick even on this model's own terms. But it's outside my mainstream and it's forcing a few different priorities as I build it. And rather than using all that as an excuse to stare down my nose at lowriders and those who love them, I'm actually enjoying the stretch in skills and perception this kit provides.