Model: Custom Camaro
Line: Johnny Lightning 50th Anniversary line, release 2, version B
Why it’s in my collection: As a previous GM service tech and avid Camaro lover, I’ll admit this casting caught me by surprise. I’m always looking for new Camaros and this is a car I hadn’t noticed before, but the unique 50th anniversary gold foil-accented card and Custom Deep Metallic Blue paint immediately caught my eye….and I’m glad it did!
According to information on the card, this particular casting is one of the “Lost Topper” cars: a casting that was created decades ago but was never implemented into the Topper line. The casting gives off awesome vintage HOT ROD Magazine vibes. The higher stance, reminiscent of the 70-80’s street freaks running air shocks, is complimented perfectly by chrome side pipes, white letter Johnny Lightning tires, and gray painted Centerline style wheels. Even though it’s not slammed or lowered like most everything we see today, it looks exactly how an vintage era custom car should look.
The Camaro’s body lines are extenuated well and it has a fantastic vintage look to it. The front end features the RS-style hidden headlights and black-lined grille, topped-off by the classic Chevy bowtie logo. The opening cowl hood in accented nicely with two white stripes that flow along the length of the car. Once the hood is popped you’ll find an orange engine block topped with dual air cleaners: the details may be simple but they work well with the look of the car. The rear decklid and fenders have been extended for a more custom look, and the rear fascia houses a set of detailed taillights and gas cap. The rear bumper appears to have been shaved and tucked as well. The car has several nice “Custom Camaro” and “Camaro” tampos on it, which in my opinion is a nice touch.
Although Hot Wheels’ first gen Camaros seem to dominate the market, Johnny Lightning’s Custom Camaro is a solid contender and deserves some time in the F-body collector’s spotlight.
Click the Youtube link below to see the unboxing and turntable footage of this rockin’ JL Custom Camaro 🏁