Road and Track
"Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday"

By Doug Breithaupt

Auto manufacturers have always understood that success in motor sports sells cars. Toy car manufacturers have been happy to produce both stock and racing versions of popular automobiles. The 1970 Plymouth Superbird from Johnny Lightning's MOPAR series was recently added to my collection and I could not resist matching it up with the NASCAR Superbird also produced by JL. Unlike many toy car makers, JL actually did two separate castings instead of simply adding paint and tampos. After enjoying the road and track contrast, I wondered how many more sets I could assemble? After setting parameters that the road car must be the same basic color as the race car, which must represent an authentic, race vehicle, the search turned up an even dozen. If you can add some more, let me know (guest book).

1955 Chrysler C300 (stocker) - Racing Champions
1955 Chrysler C300 - Johnny Lightning

1958 Fury 'Christine' dragster - Johnny Lightning
1958 Plymouth Fury - Johnny Lightning

1970 Superbird (stocker) - Johnny Lightning
1970 Plymouth Superbird - Johnny Lightning

1975 Mustang Cobra 2 (IMSA) - Johnny Lightning
1975 Ford Mustang Cobra II - Zylmex

1977 Jaguar XJ-S GT/racer - Tomica
1977 Jaguar XJ-S - Corgi Junior

1978 Ferrari 308GTB (LeMans) - Matchbox
1978 Ferrari 308GTB - Matchbox

1979 Renault 5 Turbo (Pro Rally) - Tomica
1979 Renault 5 Le Car - Matchbox

1983 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 (IROC) - Matchbox
1983 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 - Ertl

1985 Porsche 930 Turbo (GT/racer) - Ertl
1985 Porsche 930 Turbo - Majorette

1989 BMW M1 (IMSA) - Corgi Junior
1989 BMW M1 - Welly

1992 Jaguar XJ220R (LeMans) - Matchbox
1992 Jaguar XJ220 - Matchbox

1999 Dodge Viper GTSR (GT) - Racing Champions
1999 Dodge Viper GTS - Matchbox