Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

This a battle between Johnny Lightning and Hot Wheels to see who's better at making the 1967 Plymouth GTX. Despite the HW being a convertible and the JL is a fixed roof, we will still look into their similarities and differences and conclude a winner at the end.

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From a glance at their exteriors, the JL casting has the subtle curve on the body lines that go from bumper to bumper, while the detail cannot be discerned or just not present on the HW. Immediately, the Johnny Lightning is in lead.

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The emblems front and rear that are present on the JL are not on the HW and vice versa; like how the "PLYMOUTH" letters above the grill exist on the HW but are omitted on the JL. There's no winner for emblem details so it's a tie.

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Both have immaculate paint and finish, and are great representation of road vehicles. Both are winners in this category.

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With an opening hood and a detailed engine bay, these extra features put the JL further into the lead.

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The wheel and tire combo on the HW's GTX definitely took a page from the resto-mod scene, while its looks stellar, it doesn't really match the period it belongs to. The actual car in Tommy Boy before it got all torn-up looks very OEM, if that's the path we're taking; the JL has it in spades.

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Now it's time to announce the winner. Drumroll...

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Victory goes to JL! Before Auto World, Johnny Lightning was doing factory-correct diecast cars for collectors; this GTX is a testament of that. Most of the factory details are present in the mold, while Hot Wheels like to shave that off for a cleaner street machine appearance.

Nonetheless I enjoying having both brands in my collection for what they stand for and the different representation of vehicles.

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