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Hot Wheels Collectors series adds Elite 64 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL to the lineup
HOT WHEELS COLLECTORS SERIES ADDS ELITE 64 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL TO THE LINEUP
Arguably the world’s favourite toy/model car maker, Hot Wheels, has added a few iconic models to its Elite 64 line of cars for the legions of motoring fanatics that are ardent Hot Wheels Collectors members. This new lineup includes the 1971 De Tomaso Mangusta, the Mini Cooper, the Porsche 356 and the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL in Mille Miglia guise. The iconic Mercedes features gull-wing doors, it was produced between 1954 and 1957 and has the reputation of being one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Way back when it was new, it had a top speed of an impressive 260 km/h. They’re rather rare and if one does pop up for sale you’re looking at a dollar price tag with at least six zeros in it. The car had a rich racing history, including a win in the 1955 Mille Miglia race, and that’s the version of the car that’s been added to the detailed Elite 64 series.
The Elite 64 model castings feature amazing detail considering the size of the cars, it’s no mean feat getting recognisable details into a 1:64 scale model car. They feature a full-metal body and chassis, and the added-on parts do a great job of finishing off a believable model. For this version of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, the car wears the same race livery from that 1955 race as driven by well-known race driver John Fitch. Fitch took the gull-wing Merc to first place in the GT Sports Car at the Mille Miglia - a tough 1 000-mile open-road endurance race stretching from Brescia to Rome, and back. The Hot Wheels design team included details like the graphite grey paint and the iconic 417 race number, which oddly matches the time that the car started actually started the race - 04:17 am. The features of this 1:64 scale car include opening gullwing doors, Graphite grey paint, a Zamac body, the “417” racing number on the bonnet, doors and rear, authentic logos, Real Riders steelie wheels with gunmetal grey hubs, full-metal matte black chassis, clear windows and a black interior with painted details and it’s packaged on an illustrated Elite 64 blister card and packed in a Kar Keepers clamshell case. The car was released at 09:00 on the 7th of February 2023, but according to the Hot Wheels website is already sold out which means that the original $20.00 sales price will be the cheapest the model will ever be.
Take a look at the YouTube video where someone who knows a lot more about the Hot Wheels products than we do takes a closer look at this wicked little Hot Wheels Mercedes-Benz 300 SL from the Elite 64 range in the Hot Wheels Collectors series: HWC Elite 64 Series Mercedes-Benz 300 SL | Mattel Creations | PREVIEW | CollectTouring
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