In 1968 Mattel Hot Wheels was the first to sell the new C3 Corvette as the Custom Corvette shorty before the 1:1 car hit dealerships.
15 years later the same story would repeat it’s self with the new C4 Corvette. The 80’s Corvette was the newly designed C4 Corvette that was supposed to be released in 1983 but due to some design and factory issues the car was pushed back to 1984.
An interesting design element of the 80’s Corvette is beside being an 83 Corvette a model year that doesn’t exist outside of prototypes and at only one known to exist that was almost lost had the national corvette museum sink hole fully opened up and took out the sky dome is the engine compartment is from an 1982 Corvette. Not sure if the model Mattel was able to look at was a re-skinned 82 with the mock-up 83 body or they just had to wing it with out seeing the engine compartment.
It’s fascinating that back to back model Corvettes would share a similar story of the toy coming out before the real one.
Now it’s sorta common that a new car model will come out as a Diecast but back then the real car was first and then the toy would follow.