There is a current posting in another online forum about this car, the 1975 Matchbox Cosmobile, where it is described as a “horrible generic” and an “awful fantasy.” Even the originator of the post has to dig deep to “say something positive” when he admits that he likes the particular shade of blue paint.
I admit, when I was a kid, I preferred more realistic cars. But as I’ve gotten older, I find these fantasy castings really interesting. Put yourself in the designer’s shoes and imagine the challenge of creating a vehicle that’s really cutting edge for the time. Looking back at it now – 43 years later – even though the Cosmobile is obviously supposed to be some kind of futuristic vehicle, the awkward angularity may have only predicted the automotive design of the 1980s (think Chrysler’s K platform or the Toyota Celica Supra). It may not be a classic beauty, but I think it’s an awful lot of fun.
The Cosmobile could be found in upper body paint colors of metallic red, metallic avocado, and metallic blue, with differences in lower body, interior and window colors, creating a total of about 8 different variations. And, by the way, the lines also remind me a little bit of the Stretcha Fetcha from my childhood collection.