The actual Chevy Vega that this model car was based on was, in a word, average. It was meant to serve as a rival to the Ford Pinto, so there wasn't a whole lot of flash to it. In fact, it's often credited as one of the cars that almost destroyed the GM brand because of how uninspiring the company became after the Vega dropped. So, we're not sure how they did it, but Mattel managed to make the car look like one of the coolest cars on the market when they got their hands on it by rebranding GM's compact car as the "Vega Bomb" and turning it into a flip-up funny car. Very well done.