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Boss Hoss
King Kuda
Sugar Caddy
Light My Firebird
TNT-Bird
Heavy Chevy
Nitty Gritty Kitty
The Boss Hoss made by Mattel was based upon the 1969-1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302. The real car was designed
by Larry Shinoda, who also designed the Z28 Camaro and 1963 Corvette Stingray. Built to be professionally raced,
the Boss 302 was very successful in the Trans Am series. Less than 9,000 Boss 302's were produced. The 1970 Boss
302 originally sold for $4100.
Evil Weevil
The 1971 Evil Weevil was based upon the classic Volkswagon Beetle. The souped-up double-engined Hot Wheels
version was designed by Paul Tam.
The King Kuda was based upon the Plymouth Barracuda 2-door fastback coupe. The Mattel car was customized and
reproportioned by Ira Gilford.
The 1967 Cadillac Eldorado 2-door hardtop sport coupe was the inspiration for the hot rod "Sugar Caddy." The Mattel
car was designed by Ira Gilford. I have yet to see a real hot rod version of this car, but I guess any car can be
subjected to the treatment if one desires.
The Light My Firebird was based upon the Pontiac Firebird 2-door convertible. The Hot Wheels model was
customized and reproportioned by Ira Gilford.
The TNT-Bird was inspired by the 1968 Ford Thunderbird 2-door coupe. Ira Gilford designed the Hot Wheels model
for Mattel, which appeared first in 1970.
The Heavy Chevy was based upon the Chevrolet Camaro hardtop, a quintessential muscle car of the 1960s..
The Nitty Gritty Kitty was based upon the 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7. The Hot Wheels car was customized and
reproportioned by Ira Gilford.