Wow, this is a cool model.
The Hot Wheels Fairlady 2000 is going to get a lot of attention. Well, it already had gotten a fair amount. Anything Datsun will these days. But this is no JDM Hype thing. It is a gem, and easily the best thing we have seen in 2017 so far (even though it is VERY early).
When Japanese Nostalgic Car showcased this model, they focused on all the details, inside and out. That is the first thing you notice. Jun Imai and Manson Cheung put a lot of work into this, and it shows. There is nothing I need to say that JNC didn’t, but for us HW nerds, one detail that sticks out is the rich color of the interior. I don’t know if we have seen that dark maroon before, but I hope we see it again.
The Datsun Roadster is the next logical model to come from Hot Wheels, after the 510’s and Skylines and RX3’s. Once it was introduced, some of you did lament its “Nissan Works” style, with a comment we hear a lot, “I wish Matchbox would do it, and do it stock”. The Datsun Roadster would be a great Matchbox, but this one is pure Hot Wheels. Hot Wheels did the Roadster, and did it right. Just like the Skyline. Hot Wheels did theirs, Matchbox theirs. A perfect pair.
If Matchbox ever did the Roadster, surely it would be a classic along the lines of other convertible classics they have done like the Karmann Ghia. In the meantime, Tomica Limited Vintage has scratched that stock itch beautifully.
But I bring up a possible Matchbox to highlight again how great the Hot Wheels is. The Roadster has a racing heritage too, and I can just hear this one growling around the track.
Because of that, it would seem logical to pair this one with the other Datsun models from Hot Wheels, but I think this one’s brother-from-another-mother is Ryu Asada’s Honda S2000. Another emerging classic, done in a racing style instead of stock. Sounds familiar, right?
So I’m way in on this one. Because it is Japanese? Of course. Because it is the Roadster? Absolutely. Because it is a cool car? Hell yeah.