Sunday, March 3, 2013

1968 Oldsmobile 442 Hardtop Coupe 2011 Treasure Hunts Series 8/15 Diecast Scale 1:67 by Hot Wheels


Cuando una buena idea genera, ya saben, ventas, se esparce como la gripa y todos quieren replicarla. 

Sólo imaginen el caso con una idea grandiosa como los Muscle Cars americanos !!!... 

Por esa misma razón, aún las marcas norteamericanas que fabricaban autos de lujo, Oldsmobile por ejemplo, crearon uno o varios modelos para atender a los numerosos clientes de este segmento. 

Como un amante declarado de los Muscle Cars americanos (lo han notado ??? =PPPPP), tengo un montón para compartir sobre este tipo de vehículos y no temo ser reiterativo, puesto que hay toneladas de información interesante sobre este tema... 

Después de un largo hiato (más precisamente, desde el lanzamiento del Oldsmobile Rocket 88 de 1949), Olds retornó al "ring" de los autos de alto rendimiento con un concepto que fue primero un paquete opcional (más o menos como el paquete GTO en Pontiac) llamado simplemente 442; que fue ofrecido para el Oldsmobile F-85 y el Cutlass, comenzando en 1964. 

Pero no estuvo así por mucho tiempo y se convirtió en un auto completo de 1968 a 1971. 

Los paquetes opcionales fueron una suerte de jugada común dentro de las divisiones de los fabricantes norteamericanos (especialmente General Motors), con múltiples marcas de autos, para evitar las limitaciones auto-impuestas a la configuración de sus vehículos; en palabras simples: motores pequeños van con autos pequeños, motores medianos van con autos medianos y motores grandes van con autos grandes...

La "ecuación" fue un poco diferente para los Muscle Cars "promedio": autos medianos + motores grandes (y por sí acaso, para los Pony Cars fue: autos pequeños + motores medianos). 

Tal vez es mi impresión, pero muchos Muscle Cars comenzaron como Fastbacks y el Coupé Techo Duro Oldsmobile (Olds) 442 de 1968 no fue la excepción. 

Creo que hay una lógica allí, quiero decir, si el auto es rapido entonces debería lucir rápido, bastante sencillo. 

El diseño de carrocería es extremadamente elegante (un raro adjetivo para un Muscle Car, pero recuerden: es un Olds) y algo notable es cómo los parachoques delantero y trasero lucen integrados en lugar de elementos protuberantes en la carrocería, aún los guardafangos lucen tan... Naturales, todo fluye !!!... 

Por supuesto, el motor dentro de esta belleza también fluye !!!... La opción estándar era un motor de 400 pulgadas cúbicas, 6.6 L, V8 clasificado en 290 hp y había disponible un motor de 455 pulgadas cúbicas, 7.5 L, V8 con algo así como 350 hp (quizás un poco más). 

La Serie Treasure Hunts está aquí de nuevo con este gran molde, desarrollado por Jun Imai. 

Excelente nivel de detalle (por encima de los modelos regulares), rico trabajo de pintura en cobre con acabado Metalflake, complementado por una decoración más bien clásica y agradable (con unas pocas inconsistencias), el diseño de las ruedas es deportivo y la línea en dorado estampado funciona muy bien. 

Carrocería en diecast y chasis plástico, pero al menos esta vez es cromado, así que estoy complacido con este modelo en particular (que fue otro regalo "forzado", gracias a mis poderes de persuasión !!! XDDDDD). 

Pro 10:23-24 "El hacer maldad es como diversión al insensato: Más la sabiduría recrea al hombre de entendimiento. Lo que el impío teme, eso le vendrá: pero a los justos les será dado lo que desean." 

Continuará... =)

ENGLISH
When a good idea generates, you know, sales, it spreads like a cold and everyone wants to replicate it. 


Just imagine the case with a great idea like the american Muscle Cars !!!... 

For that very reason, even the american car brands which manufactured luxury vehicles, Oldsmobile for instance, created one or several models to cater the numerous clients of this segment. 

As a declared lover of the american Muscle Cars (have you noticed ??? =PPPPP), I still have a lot to share about this kind of vehicles and I have no fear of being repetitive, since there are tons of interesting trivia available on this topic... 

After a long hiatus (more precisely, since the release of the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88), Olds returned to the "arena" of the high performance cars with a concept that was firstly an optional package (pretty much like the GTO package in Pontiac) called simply 442; which was offered for the Oldsmobile F-85 and the Cutlass, beginning in 1964. 

But it wouldn’t stay this way for long and it became a complete car from 1968 to 1971. 

The optional packages were a sort of common move inside the divisions of the american manufacturers (specially General Motors), with multiple brands of cars, to avoid the self-imposed limitations to the configurations of their vehicles; in simple words: small engines go with small cars, medium engines go with medium cars and big engines go with big cars...

The "equation" was a tad different for the "average" Muscle Cars: medium cars + big engines (and by the way, for the Pony Cars was: small cars + medium engines). 

Maybe is my impression, but many Muscle Cars began as Fastbacks and the 1968 Oldsmobile (Olds) 442 Hardtop Coupe was not the exception. 

I think there is a logic there, I mean, if the car is fast then it should look fast, fairly straightforward. 

The body design is extremely sleek (a weird adjective for a Muscle Car, but remember: it’s an Olds) and something remarkable is how the front and rear bumpers look integrated rather than protruding elements in the body, even the fenders look so... Natural, everything flows !!!... 

Of course, the engine inside of this beauty flows too !!!... The standard option was a 400 cu in, 6.6 L, V8 engine rated at 290 hp and there was available a 455 cu in, 7.5 L, V8 engine with something like 350 hp (perhaps a bit more). 

The Treasure Hunts Series is here again with this great casting, developed by Jun Imai. 

Excellent level of detail (above the regular models), rich paint job in copper with Metalflake finishing, complemented by a rather classic and nice decor (with a few inconsistencies), the wheels design is sporty and the gold plated line works pretty fine. 

Diecast body with plastic chassis, but at least this time is chrome, so I’m pleased with this particular model (which was another "forced" gift, thanks to my powers of persuasion !!! XDDDDD). 

Pro 10:23-24 "It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom. The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted." 

To be continued... =)

4 comments:

David John Shewsbury said...

TREASURE HUNT SERIES - that means this one must be hard to get... right?

Lucky for a casual collector like me, I never bother about the what ever "Hunt" thingy, I just buy what ever normal version available and that is enough for me.

Nice metallic pain for this car but I think flat matte would be much more classic.

chrismandesign said...

HEHEHE... that’s the kind of "casual" opinion i would expect from you LOL... well, you’re right, this series is intended to be hard to find (between 10,000 and 15,000 units worldwide of each model) and some "collectors" are eager to find them at any cost...

as for me, i like some of them so i just order what i want (if it’s available at a reasonable price) and problem solved... i know you like more the regular versions since these are more suitable for customization, but i still prefer that "extra touch" of the special/limited editions and the polychromed finishing are always welcome !!!

oh, talking about classics, maybe there are some on the way... =)

Dennis aka Katsuden said...

Another of those cars from the rolling good times! From the pics, the paint on the car seems having some glittering effect. You definitely blog about the toy and about the car in detail.

chrismandesign said...

HEY !!! better later than never pal !!! LOLOLOLOLOL... yep, the Muscle Car era is a mine stuffed with undiscovered treasures... oh, that glittering effect is thanks to the "metal flake" finishing used by Hot Wheels in some specific models... thanks pal for your compliment, actually i strive to blog thoroughly... that’s why i publish only once a week... =)

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