Model: Johnny Lightning 1983 Lagonda
Release: JL Collection Release 2
Ebay link: Johnny Lightning Lagonda
Why I am featuring it: I can’t claim to be an expert on Johnny Lightning so please correct me in the comments if I get anything wrong. In fact, this Aston Martin Lagonda represents 50% of my entire JL collection. The other is a disappointing Datsun 280ZX from the Classic Gold series that I picked up out of curiosity – incidentally the last model I bought from a Toys R Us in the US.
But the Lagonda is one of my favourite cars of all time and I’m not aware of another model of it in 1:64 size. I didn’t even know about the JL version until I stumbled upon it in the Daytona Flea Market last year. It’s a bit of an oddity, with a modified look that includes side pipes and a rear wing, because the original version was issued as the only car in a 1998, four-model set of Evel Knievel’s vehicles. Knievel owned a Lagonda that had had its original 5.3-liter Aston V8 swapped for an 8.2-liter, big-block Chevy. It sold for a ridiculously cheap US$29k at auction in 2013!