While at the Hot Wheels Convention last month, attendees, as is always the case, got a preview of what is to come. There was a lot of premium models previewed, some of which I have been showing here, but a few basic models as well.
Of all the mainline models previewed, none stood out as much as this Gulf-bearing beauty, the Porsche 917 LH. And that was easily made evident as photos of the Hot Wheels preview board at the Convention were posted. The most prevalent comment? “Wait, is that a Porsche 917?”
Why yes. Yes it is.
And it’s fantastic.
Gulf is Gulf. The color combo and racing livery works on just about anything. Hot Wheels knows this. Put it on a lukewarm model and it instantly becomes a must have. But there are several levels higher you can go. And the top level? Being the deco on a vintage racing Porsche for its debut.
What has gone slightly unnoticed among collectors talking about the “JDM Era” of Hot Wheels is the massive love affair Hot Wheels has with Porsche right now. New Porsche models are dropping all the time. This 917 LH is the second 917, which follows racing Porsches like the 978 and 962. And we have the 934. And 964. Oh and this one coming too:
Not to mention the Then & Now Duo that debuts in Batch B:
And that is just a small sliver of what is coming. JDM brings the opinions, Porsche is its own wave. Maybe it’s Magnus. Maybe it’s the fact that Porsches are awesome. Whatever it is, I love it, and yes, with all due respect to the Redline collectors and others, Hot Wheels is well entrenched in its best era yet. And all credit goes to these car nerds at the Design Center who are pushing and pushing.
It is that kind of passion that produces a model like this. Golden Age indeed.