A Year of Clas­sics and Some Smok­ing Cubans

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Johnny Light­ning Mus­cle Cars USA Re­lease 2

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Johnny Light­ning has re­united the de­sign team from the orig­i­nal 1994 Play­ing Man­tis days to launch the new gen­er­a­tion of Johnny Light­ning ve­hi­cles. In­cluded in this set are three mus­cle cars from the “Class of 1968” and three from the new “Ha­vana Nights” se­ries, de­pict­ing pre­served clas­sics like those seen in Cuba. From the ’68 class, we have one GM, one Ford, and one Mopar. The burly Hurst Olds has a beau­ti­ful—and ’68-cor­rect—sil­ver-and-black fin­ish as well as the ram air ducts un­der the bumper to feed its fire-breath­ing 455 V-8. Ford fans get a ’68 Mus­tang GT fast­back in Gulf Stream Aqua Poly with white C-stripes and a blacked-out hood. The Mopar con­tin­gent is rep­re­sented by a black ’68 Charger R/T with a flat black vinyl-look roof and red bum­ble­bee stripe on the tail, along with door call­outs that an­nounce this one’s got a Hemi! For the Cuban cars, we have the orig­i­nal mus­cle ma­chine: the 1950 Olds Rocket 88 two-tone in Gloss Black over Gar­net Ma­roon. A Gypsy Red/In­dia Ivory top­less shoe­box ’55 Chevy Bel Air con­vert­ible seems like the per­fect Caribbean cruiser, and the ’65 VW Bee­tle makes the per­fect Cuban car be­cause Bee­tles run for­ever!

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