It seems that our showcase last week of the upcoming Hot Wheels Corvette C7.R bummed a lot of you out.
Sorry about that.
But yeah, if we are being honest the C7.R is a gnarly mess. Kind of a gargoyle Corvette. Too small in places, too out of proportion in others, and that chin. Yeah, it’s a bummer.
So we need to make it up to you. We decided that the best way to do that was to jump into the Lamley collection and pull out some of our favorite Hot Wheels Corvettes. And you know what? There are some pretty rad Vettes from Hot Wheels.
And it starts with the C7 Corvette itself. It makes you wonder how the C7.R could emerge as deformed as it is with such a pretty template. And the first version in bright red with black wheels will never be beat (except by the RLC version coming up):
Even with the large rear wheels, it looks really good. And large rear wheels will be a theme with almost all of these Vettes. Including the fabulous Z06, which didn’t need to be made again after debuting in black:
And while we continue to move backwards, here may be the most underrated of all Hot Wheels Corvettes, the gorgeous ZR1 from the Decades series in 2011. We knew it when we saw it on the pegs back then, and we think it even more now. This specific model is second only to another model on this list as the best Corvette Hot Wheels has ever done. The color, the deco, and the grey lace wheels. Perfect:
That takes us back to the C6R, which is how a racing Vette should look. Yes, yellow is the signature color, but we liked it in understated grey. It isn’t the most detailed casting, but it is well proportioned:
And going side-by-side with the CR.7 makes the new model even more of an embarrassment:
Moving on. Remember we said the Decades ZR1 was the second-best Corvette Hot Wheels has ever done? This is first:
At first you might think it is an ugly Corvette, with exaggerated features, but go over it again and again. It is done so perfectly that it becomes the most memorable Corvette in the Hot Wheels canon. The ROADRCR Greenwood can’t be topped for so many reasons, and as we have said before, it is one of our favorite Hot Wheels, period.
And backwards we go, to James Garner’s COPO, also from the ROADRCR series. The COPO is a great model, and we thought of showing the Toy Fair model, but instead went with this more understated version:
Which takes us to the best Corvette Super Treasure Hunt ever done, and one that no one can say is ugly. The 2013 ’62 Corvette Super TH is plain stunning. That aqua blue over chrome, sitting on those real riders, with that stance. Dreamy. And no model photographs better:
And finally, Hot Wheels’ beautiful take on the first Corvette, the ’55, from the Boulevard series. Like the black Z06, no additional versions needed to be made after this one:
So we are sorry for the C7.R post. Hopefully this reminds you that Hot Wheels knows their Corvettes…