the green one was offered in a canadian only 5 pack, I am lucky enough to finally have found a green one, its played with. but still cool.I've only seen one ever offered for sale...too rich for my blood. 2 if I count the 5 pack that had some other very desirable pieces from that era as well.
The fuel embargoes of '72 and '73 put the American manufacturers on a downsizing jag that included a lot of plastic body parts and lopping off excess body length. By the end of the '70's a lot of American cars took on a truncated boxy look. Considering the Japanese imports throughout the '70's all (Toyota, Datsun, Honda) had a shoebox shape to their mainline cars, and those cars sold well, I wonder if the big 3 thought making American cars look boxy tried to help make them sell...thinking that the people that bought cars equated boxy with good fuel mileage, which is the reason the imports sold well to begin with.Most all cars when boxy looking in the middle 70's. Not sure what happened to the stylish curves of the 60s.
I think you may be right there Stang, I don't recall seeing any real 442 rally racers from this period that looked quite like this.This casting is presented as a IMSA GTO class road racer from the late 70's. Or at least that's when the body panels were at there most outrageous, late 70-early 80's. Mattel list this casting as a 1979, so that fits the period just right.
Oldsmobile has enjoyed much success in American road racing with both IMSA and SCCA Trans-Am . But as I flipped through several references from that time period I did not find any photos showing a model quite like this. I found a few 1978 and 79 Cutlass in race trim, but not with the wild flares. But it is possible that this car was based on a real body style from the tracks of that era.