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Was the title of this post done to get your attention?
But I do mean it. It seems that when Mercedes and Mattel broke up, the brand that took the biggest hit was Matchbox. But Hot Wheels had a few irons in the fire that had to be put out as well. One of its biggest casualties was the superb CLK DTM.
The CLK DTM was a great choice by Hot Wheels. The real car is rare to say the least, with only 100 versions of the hardtop produced (80 convertibles were also made). Numbers like that instantly make the car legendary, but it was performance that truly made this car memorable. And with a heritage of speed and performance, this was a perfect Hot Wheels car.
But while this model vanished a couple of years ago, the loss isn't as bad as it could have been. After its 2006 debut, we saw the CLK DTM in the lineup a couple of years after that. But not one of those subsequent versions came even close to the looks of the First Edition. In fact, the First Edition, done in five versions, is all you really need in your collection.
I will give you a little insight on how I collect Hot Wheels. It seems to be a general rule at the blue brand that the first version they do of a model will be decorated as close to stock as possible. After that, there is no telling what the model might look like. Sometimes the deco is fantastic, other times hideous. But you count on the first version being the closest to stock, or at least the real it was based on.
Because of that, there is a plethora of Hot Wheels in my collection that are one or two-cars deep. I add the First Editions, and leave anything afterwards. Yes, there are some models that I will keep collecting no matter how ugly the model is, but for most, all I need is the First Edition.
The CLK DTM falls right into that category. The 2006 First Edition in its 5 versions is almost perfect. It debuted in black with silver stripes, but with no racing livery. That way the model looked street ready with a nod to the racing car:
The model was then recolored in dark metallic grey with black stripes. That was great, especially with the perfect 10-spoke wheels - AND with an FTE variation - but Hot Wheels did one better. At the same time they released the grey version, they released another version with no black stripe, clearly paying homage to the stock street version:
That meant three different decos, on two different wheels, all in the same year. The later releases couldn't touch the First Edition, and I have had no desire to collect them. I am perfectly content with what I have.
That doesn't mean I won't collect more versions in the future. If Hot Wheels and Mercedes-Benz ever mend their differences, hopefully we will see this one again, especially in premium form. Imagine this in the Car Culture series, donning full racing attire with Real Riders? Yeah, that would be an instant addition to the collection.
But if it doesn't happen, I am cool with these.
And one other thing. Imagine if this model were to debut this year? With its racing style this model would surely fall into the "track-ready" category, and I can't imagine what it would look like now, up-sloped chin and all. Let's just say I am very happy it was released in 2006, not 2015.
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