Into the collection we dive, swimming about the multitude of wheels and rides, and we emerge with a small yet stunning 3-car set.
The Speed Machines line was WAY too short-lived. It did not sell like Mattel wanted it to, and on to the scrapheap it went. In that scrapheap are two models that I still wish I could see: a Ferrari 458 Italia in black, and an Aston Martin DBS. A what-could-have-been duo to say that least.
Thankfully a few models did escape that horrid fate by sneaking into the final Speed Machines batch. That last batch, found in a few international markets, as well as O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Stores in the US, was a doozy. Two Lambos, a few Ferraris, as well as a ton more. It was just not that easy to find. And one model in particular was nearly impossible to find, at least in the US.
So about a year ago I utilized some overseas contacts to acquire that elusive model, and it is time to show it off alongside its hardtop counterparts.
First, the hardtop duo. The Lamborghini Reventon came in two colors, and the black especially remains a difficult model to find. Although the green version is definitely sharp, the black is wickedly menacing in its flat black attire, finished off with black wheels and a “Walking Dead” weapon pinstripe in white. Just mean.
But both take a backseat to that rare model I was referring to earlier. I just plain love the Roadster, and it will not look better than this version in blue, complete with side stripes that perfectly highlight the shape of the car. In fact, it makes the car meant to mimic a jet fighter look just a bit more sexy. This model is a beauty.
If you missed out on the Speed Machines, I feel for you. It is one of the best collectible lines Hot Wheels has ever done. I hope they revisit it again someday…
(Start or complete your Speed Machines collection here before they are long gone…)
Hot Wheels Lamborghini Reventon (Speed Machines versions in black and recolored in green):
Hot Wheels Lamborghini Reventon Roadster (Speed Machines in blue):