Nope, not that ’68 Mercury Cougar.
This is a new one, but my guess is most of you know that. Take the old casting, which is pretty nice, but bland like the real ’68 Cougar. (Oops, did I say that out loud?) Lower it, add some bolt-ons and a spoiler, and you have a winner. This happened last year. Hot Wheels took the Chevelle and added just enough to add a fresh addition to an already badly overused muscle car. And they did just about the same thing. Lowered, bolt-ons, a chin-strap, etc.
Is this based on a real car? My heavily scientific research (Google images) produced no obvious inspirations. But that is the fun of Hot Wheels. Make it up. Like the Chevelle, this has a bit of a Japanese feel to it, hence the comparison photos below.
One other very interesting thing. This is the FIRST classic muscle car to be introduced by Hot Wheels this year. Surely more are coming, but how interesting is it that we have seen Civics, Datsun Trucks, Aston Martins, Alfa Romeos, and a Porsche all before we see a new muscle car (and we know of a cute little Italian coming as well. A certain Brazilian site might break that news soon.). Kudos Hot Wheels team.
This is a fun time of year. Half the fun of collecting is NOT knowing and one-by-one learning what is coming. There are new models we can predict (2015 Mustang?) will come, but as for the rest it is wide open. So we will keep learning, unveiling, and showing off. This is fun.
If you told me a Cougar was coming as a New Model, the only response would be frustration that we are getting another. But this one wins. A very pleasant surprise.
By the way, we are happy to be starting a new year. Moving into the holiday season, we found the time off refreshing, and Lamley took a bit of a back seat. But we are back and have many things coming. The Lamley Award winners will be showcased, we have a heap of customs to share, and Lamley is set to expand a bit slowly and surely. Thanks everyone for all the support…
(Find this Cougar and the rest of Batch E at Wheel Collectors…)
Hot Wheels ’68 Mercury Cougar (2014 New Models):