Hot Wheels Designer Brendon Vetuskey and the Hot Wheels Design Team dropped this today:
From that side view you might think that is just a new release of the ’67 Firebird, one that was featured here just a few days ago. But no, this is brand new, and based on this:
View this post on Instagram
We unveiled the Custom '67 Firebird last night at the 17th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention which will appear in the mainline sometime later this year. Making this car is a dream come true for me and I'm quite proud of it. It's accurately detailed right down to the 5 toggle switches on my dashboard. Soon you too can own your very own BVbird, and for much, much less $$ than what I spent to build mine, ha ha. Thank you @hotwheelsdreamteam for making this happen! #bvbird #hotwheels #pontiac #firebird #musclecar #besthotwheelsever #hotwheelsofficial
Brendon designed this Hot Wheels, and only needed to walk to his own garage for inspiration. Like the real car, this Hot Wheels goes raw. And now that Hot Wheels has some samples, we are only a couple of months away.
14 Replies to “Brendon Vetuskey’s Custom ’67 Pontiac Firebird takes another step towards the toy pegs.”
Would have liked MC5 wheels instead. They would have emulated the actual car that way, but pretty cool though!
This is awesome. I’m a huge fan of the existing ’67 Firebird, so this one’s a no-brainer
If it’s a new casting, why are the rear wheels still so cartoonishy exaggerated? Missed opportunity…Also, the real thing has a hood. Why doesn’t the casting?
couldn’t agree more, the exaggerated large back wheels (and wheel choice) just don’t do the original car justice. I want to like this “new?” casting, but it just doesn’t quite do it for me.
Would love for Brendon to autograph some before they ship them out.
That new custom 1967 Pontiac firebird coming out is awesome. I will be on the hunt for this one thumbs up.
I REALLY hate the oversized wheels. I know they’re marketed towards kids but come on….Another casting let down from what it could have been….
John, you should do a post dedicated to all the Matchbox and Hot Wheels that are incarnations of real cars like this (in terms of the deco/customizations)…The MB custom Chevy Van, this one, the white and blue Skyline that just came out…I have no idea how many there are, but I”m guessing you probably have most of them. How ’bout it?
He has done this for each one.
I’m aware of that, I just think it’d be neat to see them all together in a group
I am excited that Hotwheels are making cars that have an influence on the markets they cater too, to see them make the Wildcards skyline and this, it is a really exciting time to be a hotwheels collector and a auto enthusiast, custom car builder, and all around car nut. THese guys are living the dream for sure, congrats to you.
Thank you for the post, John! To answer a couple of questions:
– I was running this car for a while with an open hood, and it gives it more visual differentiation from the 2010 issued ’67 Firebird I worked on. (There are other details, too, but I don’t want to spill them all now)
– Large wide wheels in back, as the wheels on my real car are 335’s (18×12″ rim) and this was the closest match. Yeah, MC5 would have been nice, but this is what they gave me and I’m not complaining.
I just have to say that your Firebird is one of the best builds I’ve seen. It’s just beautiful. I recently picked up the 2017 mainline version of the ’67 Firebird 400 with the new deep dish steelies, and I think it’s the best release so far. Your designs are fantastic and I’m looking forward to finding this one.
A este Pontiac ’67 se le considera ser “ZAMAC”por no traer pintura en el cuerpo?