The Hot Wheels Mongoose is based upon the funny car driven by Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen. Tom McEwen along with his racing rival, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, were drag racers that were sponsored by Hot Wheels. Tom raced a 1970 Plymouth Duster and Don raced a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda.

The die-cast car was a 1970 release that was designed by Larry Wood. It is red enamel with silver headlights, a black interior, and capped redline wheels. The rear-hinged body can be raised, a “U” bar can be swung up, and the body can then rest on the “U” bar.

Production was in the U.S. and Hong Kong. A U.S. car has clear windows and “U.S.A.” on the base. A Hong Kong car has blue tinted windows and “Hong Kong” on the base.

The funny car came packaged on a unique “Mongoose vs. Snake” blister card. Included with the vehicle was a collector’s button that can be plastic or metal with a smooth tab. Both types of buttons have a red Mongoose. The plastic button has a yellow background and a metal button’s background can be yellow or orange.

Also included was a sticker sheet with the Hot Wheels logo, “Tom McEwen The Mongoose”, “Plymouth”, “Enjoy Coca Cola”, and stars & stripe graphics. A sticker was pre-applied on the right side of the car.

There was also a water slide decal sheet that has a variety of logos. The decal sheet was also included with the Snake.

  • Manufactured:
  • Hong Kong
  • , US
  • Stock No. 6410

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