We thought we would start a new series here on Lamley.
Datsun 620 (2014 Mainline)
Studebaker Champ (2011 Mainline)
Dodge Li’l Red Express (2012 Mainline)
Chevy Silverado (2012 Decades)
Chevy C10 (2013 Mainline)
Ford F-150 (Walmart Exclusive)
Toyota Pickup (2012 Hot Ones)
Dodge Macho Power Wagon (2014 Retro Entertainment)
How is that for a mix? Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota, and Datsun/Nissan all represented, and throw in a Studebaker for good measure. Over a period of just a few years, Hot Wheels has churned out some fantastic pickups, and yes, they are all cool.
Let’s start with the Datsun. After looking stock in orange and blue, the 620 returns with a more sporty outfit, looking sharp in red with gold-lipped MC5 wheels. While blue remains our favorite, we love the variety. Since most of you are here to see the Datsun, here you go:
Hot Wheels Datsun 620 (Mainline recolor):
We don’t need to spend a ton of time on the others, but know that each of these was taken from the Lamley collection. If there was one to focus on, however, it would definitely be the ’63 Studebaker Champ. While the Silverado, C10, Toyota, Li’l Red Express, and to a certain extent, Macho Power Wagon, seem like a perfect match with Hot Wheels, the Studebaker was a complete surprise.
Hot Wheels will always throw an obscure vehicle or two into various lines, and the Champ is a perfect example. This hauler wasn’t around long, only from 1960 to 1964, and not nearly as well-known today as other classic pickups. But it is a Hot Wheels car because one of the Mattel team members created it as a tribute to father-figure in his life, whose last project before passing away was restoring a ’63 Champ. That pickup was apparently being colored aqua, and that is what the model was recolored a little later in the year.
There are probably many stories behind why a certain model was created, and I hope we can hear more. That little tidbit itself makes this an interesting model, but we also love how it got the Hot Wheels treatment – lowered, with a bed-cover, and placed on blacked-out 5-spoke wheels. They even gave it front and rear tampos. A classic pickup with a super-sporty, sleek look:
Now couple those first two with these other red delights. Ryu Asada’s Chevy C10 (which we cannot wait to see more of soon), Jun Imai’s ’83 Silverado, which will be a Super TH in a few months, the Dodge Li’l Red Express, ’87 Toyota (also a Jun Imai creation), Sam Walton’s Ford F-150 (definitely a model we hope to see more of), and the completely wild Dodge Macho Power Wagon from Retro Entertainment:
There is always room in the Lamley Collection for pickups. Trucks might have a little harder time getting through the gates. After all, cool is cool is cool…