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Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS: What Kind of Car is Lightning McQueen?

Of course, the simplistic answer is to say the 1968 Corvette …


But keep in mind, the ’68 Corvette design did not appear out of the blue … you could go back a little with the round slope rise over the front ‘wheel well’ design-look … some obvious examples in sports and race cars?


The Maserati Tipo 61 … or the equally iconic, Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa …


Which of course, inspired a certain cartoon designer to flip its front headlamps …


Ferrari favored that look into the 1960’s with its sports cars …

ferrari-250-gtoThe great Ferrari 250 GTO.

Of course, while the 1960’s versions were “swoopier,” … you can go further back to the late 1950’s …with the Porsche 356.


Maybe that’s why Lightning McQueen was instantly attracted to Sally 🙂

Or even further back … to the original – just the one element of the 1949 Mercury but hey, that’s evolution …


And in race cars closer to our era?

The Porsche 906 Carerra.


The Ferrari P330 P4


And of course, NASCAR …

(pre Car of Tomorrow)


So, McQueen is all of us … 🙂

He is NASCAR, Porsche, Ferrari, Corvette, Maserati and Mercury-Buick-Hudson … 🙂

Earlier posts on cars of CARS, Part I & Part II.

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