The history of Jada’s BigTime Muscle series of diecast muscle cars traces back more than a decade, and of all the company’s lines it seems that BTM has cultivated one of the most consistent followings within the collector community. Other lines have come and gone, but whether its tricked out pro-touring style muscle cars, restomodded classics, or modern performance machines, BigTime Muscle has always seemed to be there — on store shelves and in the hearts of collectors of all ages. For 2018 the company has chosen to shine a light on BTM and is bringing new castings to the line in 1:24, and we got Jada to give us an advance look at 3 of them.
1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1
This is a new color and trim combo for a body style that has appeared in BTM before. The ’71-73 sportsroof ‘Stang has an extreme-angle — almost flat — backlight and a wide stance. 1973-specific touches like the vertical signal lights in the grille are present, and the aggressive profile is further enhanced with shaved door handles, deep valences and side skirts that incorporate rectangular sidepipes. Requisite big wheels and slammed stance round out the styling mods. The hood opens, revealing a modern fuel-injected V8, and racing-style bucket seats and a jumbo sound system adorn the interior.
1973 Plymouth Barracuda
Somebody in Jada’s styling department must have a soft-spot for the year 1973, because this Mopar entry is of the same vintage. This is an interesting one, as the paint scheme, door number graphics, and race sponsor decals are very evocative of a Trans-Am style race car, although the livery is not specific. It wears an AAR-style hood, under which a stock-style orange oval air cleaner sits atop a modestly detailed motor. Wheels are reminiscent of ’70s-style Cragars and not nearly as low-profile as the Mustang’s. They wear Firestone-branded tires. Interior is pretty stock too, and features a Mopar-trademark pistol-grip shifter.
2017 Ford GT
This last one is more BigTime Supercar than BigTime Muscle. The new GT is a quantum leap forward in technology and performance for Ford, and its 650hp twin turbo V6 delivers plenty of muscle. So radical is the stock styling with those flying buttress C-pillars and aerodynamic channels that Jada didn’t really have to add much in the design department either. Slightly more aggressive rubber and red-rimmed black wheels are it. Jada did make the butterfly door hinges functional, along with the front boot. The motor you will just have to view through the rear glass.