Lesney Matchbox Superfast #22 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix
My favorite transitional!
Introduced first as a regular-wheeled model back in 1965, it was subsequently changed from red to purple, altered to accept Superfast wheels and lost its opening doors (although there are a handful each of exceedingly rare and very valuable purple Superfast models with opening doors, as well as red models with Superfast wheels. I have never heard of a regular wheeled model painted purple though). Made for only part of 1970, it was available in both light and dark purple shades. This model is very hard to find these days and commands a pretty penny! Only one box style for this SF Pontiac, and that is the G box pictured. This model was replaced during 1970 by the Freeman Intercity Commuter, which if you admire this Pontiac like I do, was quite a letdown. Included below is a recent retro release by Matchbox of this very model. Very good effort, though I wish it had thin Superfast wheels like the original and used a similar looking shade of purple paint. The only real letdown is the cheap looking grey plastic front and rear ends. But, a minor quibble about a very nice and heartily welcomed addition to the current Matchbox lineup.
Cool body style, awesome shade of metallic purple paint, thin Superfast wheels. Perfection by Matchbox, 1970 style.
All Lesney models had black metal bases.
Pluses: purple paint, opening doors, silver painted trim and nameplates. Negatives: wheel design, grey plastic base with attached front and rear ends.
Thankfully, Matchbox didn't adhere to the Hot Wheels bad habit of 'slamming', and applying wacky graphics to an otherwise cool car.
Metal base would have been welcomed... but at least the model made it to production and I'm happy about that.