Diecast Year in Review: 1972

1972 was a unique year in American history, full of many disasters and scandals, but also full of optimism and hope for the future. As Watergate took off, so did iconic films such as "The Godfather and "What's Up, Doc?" Among other things, many car manufacturers were also looking to make themselves memorable, and plenty of them succeeded! Collectable Diecast has a few different iconic cars from this year to choose from, so pick your favorite for your collection as a salute to this important year.

With only 133 models made, the 1972 Oldsmobile 442 W30 was an extremely rare vehicle. The regular 442, or 4-4-2, included unique designs and badging as well as upgraded suspension. The W30 option featured the L77 455 engine with up to 300 hp. While there was no air conditioning avaialble, this rare package included heavy duty cooling, a W25 fiberglass ram-air hood, and more. The intricate grill and stripes on both the hood and sides made this a very striking vehicle, while the interior trims gave it comfort and class.

This 1/18 diecast model by Acme comes with a stunning radiant green paint job, giving this car the perfect '70s edge. Add a bit of flair to your collection with this classic 1972 Oldsmobile 442 W30 and get your hands on one of these hard-to-find vehicles.


The Datsun 240Z, also known as the Nissan Fairlady Z, was first introduced in 1969 as a 2-door coupe. From 1970-1973 the car underwent a few changes but remained largely the same. With an L24 I-6 engine, the Datsun 240Z got up to 151 hp with a top speed of 125 mph. Speed and power may not have seemed like this vehicle's strong suit, but it won the 21st East African Safari Rally in 1973. The Datsun, especially the 1971-1972 models, had a very boxy, futuristic look which set them far ahead of their competitors. The 1972 model also had an optional 3-speed automatic transmission.

See and enjoy this impressive specimen for yourself in 1/24 scale with this diecast model from Jada. The body style and design of the 1972 Datsun 240Z Fairlady Z is something special, and the red paint helps it stand out all the more to put a bit of extra class into your collection.

1972 Datsun 240Z Fairlady Z Diecast Jada Toys

An extremely popular pony car, the Pontiac Firebird was in production from 1967 clear until 2002 - an impressive run of 35 years. The 1972 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was part of the second generation of Firebirds, which due to a strike in 1972 was almost put out of production. The 455-HO V8 engine eventually was discontinued, however, due to poor emissions. The Trans Am models had improved handling and suspension, as well as increased horsepower. The greater power and altered design made the Trans Am a much more attractive version of the popular muscle car.

Welly has masterfully recreated the 1972 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am on a 1/18 scale. This beautiful diecast model is painted in white with blue stripes, a stunning option for any collector of classic cars. Add this impressive model with its unique scoops and rear spoiler to your collection to show off your taste and style.

Welly 1972 Pontiac Firebird Trans AM 1/18 White


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