Now this is a car I call handsome rather than pretty, thanks to its peculiar nose. What have here is a bright blue poly Mercury Montego (Cyclone) from Johnny Lightning.

In contrast to my Mopar Monday post, I'll be sharing the story of how this casting came about which I bumped into from the Lamley blog written by Jeff Koch.

Another car I owned ... but this time I got it officially produced! I worked for Johnny Lightning for two years, in 2002 and 2003, and this was one of the first things I got to do. Something in Classic Gold had fallen through for licensing reasons, there was a hole to fill, what do we do? The notion of doing my own car so soon after my arrival wasn't something I wanted to push—slightly tacky, I thought—but I had good art for the packaging, the casting existed, and it was, after all, a former Hot Rod Magazine project car. (Never mind that the Hot Rod name didn't appear on the packaging.) The real car was stolen in 2006, out of my garage in Southern California, but I still have the model(s) of it, and though it's small consolation, it's still something.

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It certainly is tragic to have a car stolen and this consolation is a good-looking diecast car; in some way immortalized and remembered by whoever has this piece in their collection. I hope the owner and car will reunited one day.

The gloss black wheels really enhance the presence of this muscle car. Its hood is like a mile long and it's got the scoop in the hood - that's actually functions as an air intake.

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This is as far as I know about the car (Montego or Cyclone?), and it certainly holds its own in front of the camera. So I guess it'll be more like a gallery, enjoy the pictures!

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The detailed engine bay is pure win, too bad the hood won't open any higher.

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