Hey fellow diecasters, enjoying the long weekend? Let's have some MoPar added in for more oomph with today's MoPar Monday!
I love Johnny Lightnings, especially ones with rubber wheels. From their 2004 Classic Gold series, we get to see this beautiful silver 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX Hardtop.
With many releases from Johnny Lightning, every detail is immaculately recreated onto a 1:64 model. Metal on metal construction with rubber wheels, the sort of quality I enjoy collecting.
Very much like the B-body Chrysler cars of that era, it is a very slab-sided vehicle which subtle side sculpting. There isn't as much curves or swoops like the cars from a later year, the form is very rigid and geometrical. Without looking what's underneath the hood, it looks something a 'gentleman' will own and drive.
However, for those who know their MoPars, there's a badge above the rocker panel just behind the front wheels which reveals what's under the refined disguise - HEMI.
Yes, this thing's got a Hemi. It disobeys aerodynamics with loads of torque and horsepower. All 426 cubic inches of it.
Johnny Lighting released two version of the Belvedere GTX; the hardtop version we see here and the rag top version too.
To save on tooling and manufacturing costs, both version have their roof molded in plastic and then painted. Since molding plastic is cheaper than doing it in metal, it makes sense for the toy manufacturer to make body in metal and just change the roof piece to make two different versions. Not only do they get to sell two different cars with minor changes, a lot is saved on tooling costs.
I'm more of a hardtop collector, the sun and I aren't exactly the best of friends. I like block out as much as of it when possible.
There's the engine, unfortunately too small to be a Hemi and the air intake and filter cover is incorrect for the engine. Well, at least JL painted the valve covers and the block in the correct color. When it comes to details and accuracy of engine compartments, I say Johnny Lightning does it better than Greenlight. You could even see the 1:64 battery in there!
I hope you enjoyed this instalment of MoPar Monday. And of course, it isn't complete until...