I don’t see many Johnny Lightning models, but this Buick is a little gem with its two tone paintwork, realistic tyres and even an opening bonnet. The Hot Wheels model is longer and lower and less realistic. The Hot Wheels interior is a shiny silver, the Johnny Lightning model a more subdued olive green.
Hot Wheels are designed to be played with. They have a “fun factor” that isn’t so present in detailed replica models. The Hot Wheels model will be faster on the track but the Johnny Lightning model looks better on the shelf.
Both Hot Wheels and Johnny Lightning are American brands, the Hot Wheels model is made in Malaysia, the Johnny Lightning model is made in China. New, the Johnny Lightning model would be more expensive but I picked mine up secondhand for just 3 lari ($1.05).
My choice here would be the Johnny Lightning model.
Buick is currently the oldest still-active American automotive make, and among the oldest automobile brands in the world, dating back to 1899. It is one of many General Motors brands. For much of its existence in the North American market, Buickhas been marketed as a premium automobile brand, selling luxury vehicles positioned above GM‘s mainstream brands
I have nine Buicks: a MaistoBuick Bengal Concept, a Hot Wheels Buick GSX, a Hot Wheels 1971 Buick Riviera,two’64 Rivieras, two CorgiJuniors Buick Regals and two Matchbox1956 Buick Century Police cars.
Maisto is not usually my preferred choice in the 1:64 scale but they do produce some interesting cars ignored by other manufacturers. The Buick Bengal is a concept car unveiled to the public at the 2001 Detroit Motor Show with the aim of rejuvenating the brand and appealing to younger customers.
In my 1968 Ladybird Book of Motor Cars, the last two cars were a Buick Riviera and a Cadillac Eldorado. Large cars even by American standards. I have a Dinky Eldorado, I’d love to find a Corgi Riviera.
In the TV Series Kojak used a red, magnetically mounted Federal Signal Fireball rotating emergency light atop his unmarked police vehicle (a bronze 1973 Buick Century Regal 455), a model reproduced by Corgi.
Kojak’s Buick Regal (Corgi Juniors)
Buick Rivieras and palm trees
…collecting diecast cars, like the 3" Matchbox cars I had as a kid