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As you can imagine, I get asked a lot to showcase certain models. Some are a little outlandish (I don't have a Pink Beach Bomb lying around), some a little boring, and others just aren't going to interest me (Drag Bus anyone?). But there are some that are right down my alley, and I just haven't gotten to them yet.
The Hot Wheels McLaren F1 GT-R falls nicely into that last category. In fact, off the top of my head, I don't think any model has been requested more than the F1.
And I really don't have any good reason as to why I have waited until now to feature it. The only specific reason is that I have assumed that the casting would appear in a line any minute now, and when that happens I would feature all of them together.
Strangely, that moment still has not come. The McLaren F1 GT-R debuted as a Hot Wheels car in the Speed Machines line, in - thankfully - four different liveries, and after that has only appeared one other time, in the Walmart-exclusive Decades series.
We have talked about the Speed Machines line plenty before, but in a nutshell, it was released just a few years too early. The series never took off, was full of pegwarmers, and was eventually canned before the final batch - which included an Aston Martin DBS and Ferrari 458 - could be made.
Since then, collector's tastes have moved in that direction, and many Speed Machines models are highly sought after. A great selection of modern cars, full deco, and most importantly, those killer co-mold wheels. They look good on almost anything. And that puts the Ferrari 599XX, Bugatti Veyron, and Nissan GT-R at the top of many want-lists these days.
The same goes for the F1. New to that line, done incredibly well, and just plain crisp. Oh yeah, and the wheels.
It seems that the F1 would be a perfect addition to the mainline at some point, but maybe the team is afraid to do anymore after how good the Speed Machines version looked. I don't blame them if that is the case. There is no way this model can look any better than these four. Even the Decades version is nice-looking, but can't hold a candle to the first four.
So we will enjoy these five today. It is hard to pick a favorite. I might go with the maroon with yellow-lettering as my fave, especially on the yellow co-mold wheels.
By the way, you might see some on ebay with OH5 wheels. For a wheel variation collector, those are must-haves, for the rest, get them if you want. They are legit, and later-produced models for international markets. I will stay with the co-molds.
Enjoy the pics...
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