These niche fashion/Hot Wheels collaborations are so gosh-darned welcome. First came the Illest VW Van, and now the Period Correct Mercedes-Benz 190E. Depending on the paths you walk, or the streets you skate, or the cafes you loiter, you may or may not have heard of either brand. But let’s be honest, the only time Hot Wheels Collectors and Fashion has ever been mentioned in the same sentence is if there happens to be meetings for both at the same hotel. And my guess is neither mistake one for the other.
So this is a cool path Hot Wheels is forging. Hot Wheels are cool. And seeing what is being done with these brands takes that further. I have loved these two collaborations, and I hope we see more. Now let’s talk about this Mercedes-Benz.
First off, if you haven’t heard of Period Correct, hopefully looking up this car has brought you to their website, and you can see how NOT off the path this collaboration is. Period Correct is rooted in car culture, and when you pick up the vibe, a car like the 190E makes a ton of sense.
Period Correct announced the model a week before selling it, and yeah, it sold out quickly. The online store sold out rapidly, and it went fast at their actual store as well.
And for good reason. It’s a stunner. The third release of the 190E by Hot Wheels, which has done this model right. I started in stock black with Modern Classics, and then went with a DTM-tribute Project Cars livery in Euro Speed. (It’s the Euro Speed model that is WAY underrated, with its greyed-out Aero wheels and racing deco. I need to revisit that one.). And now we go with another DTM-inspired livery, with its own unique touch. The teal colors and checkmark design signal the era its from, with a few more touches to give that much more style.
We all have our opinions, of course, but calling this ugly, as some of you have online, is just plain wrong. It is next-level cool. And even if you aren’t as keen on the look as you should be, you can at least appreciate the execution. Look at the checkered pattern. It runs top to bottom, front to back, side to side. If you think about the tampo process, aligning this pattern is incredibly difficult, yet it got done. It is worth having for that alone.
I would have bought this model even if I hated the deco, as the 190E has quickly become one of my favorite Hot Wheels castings. Thankfully I love the deco, and am thrilled to have this beautiful trio.