Model: ’69 Ford Mustang Boss 302
Line: Hot Wheels 2020 Mainline, #210/250
Why it’s in my collection: If you’ve seen the ’69 RTR-X Mustang in real life, then you’ll know it definitely needs to be in your Hot Wheels collection. This full custom, specially-built Mustang was concocted for the 2010 SEMA show in coordination with Need for Speed and professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. Even though it is a “custom”, words alone can’t fully explain how radically cool this car is.
For starters, the car is a complete frame-up build. According to a great SpeedHunters article on the car, not one original 1969 part remains: it’s that custom. It has a Dynacorn ’69 Mustang shell attached to an Art Morrison subframe, and rolls on 18in Work Meister wheels, outlined in the car’s signature lime green color.
The RTR-X is powered by a special Ford 5.0L 302R crate motor pumping out over 400hp – which may not seem like a lot by today’s Hellcat and ZR1 standards, but for the 3,160lb Mustang, it does juuuust fine. Besides the unique black-and-lime-green paint job, the most recognizable feature on the car is undoubtedly the individual Kinsler throttle bodies poking through that beefy hood. Is there anything sexier than individual throttle bodies on a car?!
Hot Wheels nailed the look of the car, especially for $1. While the car lacks the physical injection stacks, it does have tampo versions of them (screen detailing included). I’m hoping for a premium version with the full stacks…but the mainline version still looks solid.
The hood striping, pin detail, and lime fog lights look spectacular on the car. The retro slotted wheels are a nice touch too.
While this is the first official version of the RTR-X in 1/64th scale, Johnny Lightning snuck a RTR-X-ish Mustang into their Forever 64 line around 2010. While the JL version is a 1970, you can clearly see some RTR-X influence in the design. The wheels on the JL car are fantastic and would look great swapped on the HWs version.
Whether you’re a fan of drifting, Vaughn Gittin Jr., or Mustangs in general, the ’69 Mustang RTR-X is a solid buy and a great addition to any 1/64th scale collection….even if you’re a Chevy guy like me. 🏁