I guess it is best to introduce the '76 Greenwood Corvette Super Treasure Hunt as Lamley's favorite for 2014 so far. But we know many of you completely disagree. So today I give you my very compelling case.
And there are plenty of reasons. It starts with the fact that I absolutely ADORE the Greenwood Corvette casting. I haven't liked Corvettes from essentially the 1980's right up to the release of the 2014 Stingray, which I am definitely a fan. But I love Corvettes from the late 60's into the 70's. They went from classy cars in the 50's and early 60's (which I also loved), to over-the-top mustache holders that proudly and phallically boasted their true purpose.
Nothing epitomizes that more than the Greenwood. Besides it obvious historical racing relevance, the Greenwood takes every design queue of the '70's Vette and exaggerates it. Sure, the enhancements to the car were for racing purposes, but what resulted is a truly sensational car that, like the decade it lived in, ignored the word "subtle" like it was unfeathered hair.
And Hot Wheels nailed the casting. It's debut in the Hot Wheels Racing series was the highlight of 2012 in my book, and it is still one of my favorite models. So take a casting that we hold in that high regard, and you can see that just being released as a Super TH makes it one of my favorites.
But Hot Wheels didn't give a great car a bad design. Sure, a racing livery would have been cool, but remember, John Greenwood customized street-ready C3 Corvettes as well. So having a non-racing version of the Hot Wheels casting is not a stretch. We saw one in 2013 that looked nice, but the 2014 version looks even better.
It would be blasphemy to put a current deco on the vintage Greenwood, so Hot Wheels did it right. They have it a wonderful brown/bronze combo, enhanced it with white and black stripes, and then topped it off perfectly with those fabulous gold(ish) rims. The casting is already screaming 70's, so why not the deco?
We have seen comments from collectors saying how much they hate this Super. We proudly disagree. This model is SEXY, and let's be honest, there are not a lot of sexy Super Treasure Hunts...
(Find the Greenwood Vette in all its forms on ebay...)
Hot Wheels '76 Greenwood Corvette (2014 Super Treasure Hunt):
2012 HW Racing
2014 Super Treasure Hunt