So is it a 1969 Corvette cast with the roof lobbed off? Not exactly — though not far off. It’s more based on the 1969 COPO Corvette cast but even then it has enough differences to make it stand on its own.
Obviously the roll cage is a unique addition to Hot Wheels’ extensive collection of licensed Corvettes. This car clearly started life as a COPO factory-built race car but LESS DRAG, LESS WEIGHT clearly had their way with this one before an SCCA weekend at Lime Rock.
The ROADRCR COPO Corvette (based on the real-life James Garner L88) is the only COPO cast I have and you can see some of the non-roof-related differences right away. The front fender flares seem to be the same but the rear fender flares — boy this newer cast must have some meaty slicks out back.
There are also some differences in the grill area as the ’69 Racer lacks the COPO’s extra lamps and the chin spoiler. Otherwise it retains the COPO’s exposed primary headlights and the racing-style gas gap on the rear. Both lack the chrome bumpers from the regular 1969 Corvette cast.
As you can see in the above comparison shot, the Racer also has a new interior, featuring an extinguisher on the passenger side. The COPO has a traditional two-seat interior.
Overall I think it’s a pretty neat cast. The tampo work is a bit sloppy in spots and the lack of a roof and the plastic base make it feel REALLY light (cheap). Hopefully I can find the Redliners version because real riders and a metal base are always better.