Wednesday, December 21, 2016
A Porsche we missed: Matchbox 911 GT1...
We didn't all miss it. But if I had to guess, there are far more diecast Porsche lovers that don't have the Matchbox 911 GT1 than do.
I don't need to talk about the plethora of Porsche in the diecast world these days. Not too long ago Hot Wheels essentially ignored Porsche while Matchbox was putting out a few. I have no idea why that was, but it seems hard to fathom that there was a time Hot Wheels wasn't doing Porsche replicas.
Maybe it is because Hot Wheels was doing so many Ferraris. That is no longer an option, so there had to be a replacement. And considering vintage Porsches are the epitome of cool these days, there are a million directions to go.
I have loved seeing all the Porsches coming from Hot Wheels. It seems all eras are being represented, and most of the replicas are really well-done. I guess the downside is that Matchbox has pulled back. Fearing a Porsche overexposure, Team Orange seems to be going in a different direction.
That would frustrate me more if the Hot Wheels releases weren't so nice, and if there wasn't already a few older Matchbox Porsches I wanted to pursue.
One of those models that has long been on my want-list is the Matchbox Porsche 911 GT1. In particular the Stars of Germany version released in Europe only. There has been several releases of this casting over the years, but the plain - and I mean plain - version is silver from the SoC series was always number one on my list.
There are a few reasons. One, it has the lace wheels. Most of the GT1's were released before the lace wheels, and I don't collect models with those early wheels. Don't ask me why, I just don't like those older wheels.
Second, the GT1 was used mostly during the time that Matchbox felt it was important to plaster the name of the car somewhere on the body. Therefore most released had large identifying marks or other ugly tampos on them. The Stars of Cars version is by far the best-looking, with the best wheels, even with no other details whatsoever. It's clean, and it's cool.
This model would fit in very nicely these days with the current Porsche obsession. Too bad it is most likely long gone. At least it will make it fun to pursue the older versions. You won't be disappointed...
(Matchbox Porsche 911 GT1 on eBay...)