Casting : Swingin' Wing



Years of Production:

1973


Country of Origin:

Hong Kong


Casting Variations:

None Known


Paint Colors and Variations:

Standard Shell Promo colors


Interior Colors:

Black with blue tinted glass



Comments:

Based on the 1970 car, Mattel reissued the Swingin' Wing in 1973 as part of a special promotion for the Shell Oil Company.
Oddly, although the car lost its wing, the name stayed the same. As with other Shell promos, the Swingin' Wing underwent changes to reduce the cost.
The '73 issue differs from the original casting in that the wing and moveable rear engine both were omitted.
In place of the wing, a twin set of louvers are depicted on the body of the car. In addition, the exhaust pipes were shortened,
spaced closer together and were integrated with the base. Minor changes were made to the base to accommodate the wheel change.



1973 Swingin' Wing Casting Changes
1) Wing removed and holes covered with "vent louvers" cast into the body.
2) Slide-Out motor piece removed.
3) Tail pipes moved to the base.





1973 Swingin' Wing Base Changes
1) Exhaust pipes integral to base.
2) Humps added to rear wheel area to prevent squishing when stepped on.
3) Nubs that keep the wheel spacing altered.



A partial rainbow of '73 Swingin' Wings




Plastic base protoype




Another view of the plastic base protoype











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