#lamleydaily – January 4, 2018
Model: Hot Wheels ’49 Ford F1
Line: 2018 Hot Wheels Mainline (HW Flames)
Where to get it: Hitting stores now with the 2018 D Assortment
Why it’s in the collection: Don’t you love those “take-you-by-surprise” models? You show me the list of models in the 2018 D Case assortment, without showing me pics, I don’t highlight the ’49 Ford. That isn’t to say it isn’t a nice casting, it most certainly is, but it isn’t one that has grabbed my attention in the past. And that is even with my love for old pickups.
I can even take this a bit further. Show me that list of D Case models, and I don’t highlight the Ford. Tell me it is in the HW Flames sub-series, and I probably go as far as to cross it off.
But all it took was one look, and I was in.
Do I even need to say anything? The model is gorgeous, and regardless of your opinion on flames on cars, or lowered trucks, I think you agree. I think anyone who collects Hot Wheels will have to agree. That red. Those wheels. Those, um, flames. This thing the bee’s knees.
I have a small collection of these “exception to my collecting rules” models, and this one will be happily added. I prefer more stock looks, and if I am going to add a model with flames, it is of a casting I am collecting completely. This a happy exception. It is one of the prettiest 2018 mainline releases so far.
Incidentally, the ’49 Ford hits right about the same time as Matchbox’s ’47 Chevy. Maybe it is blasphemy to put a Ford and Chevy together, but I am going to anyway. (Yes, I am aware HW does its own ’47 Chevy as well.). It is pretty obvious these are from the same era.