I can’t promise that I’ll eventually stop writing about Hot Wheels Car Culture Silhouettes. These are too good. Silhouettes is to me easily one of the best Car Culture mixes in its three-year history. Two new models, two others that have never been in Car Culture, and all sporting real racing liveries or “tributes”.
It is the racing liveries I will use as the reason to show off the Silhouettes. When I first had the set in hand, I filmed the showcase without knowing all the liveries or inspirations. I do now. So let’s use that as the background for this feature. A photo of real cars followed by photos of the little cars.
The cool thing? As soon as you see the real cars, and learn a little about them, you will see how international this mix really is.
’76 Chevy Monza
Allan Moffett Racing. The car was built in the US, but raced in Australia. The Hot Wheels doesn’t sport the exact livery but it was definitely inspired.
’76 Greenwood Corvette
The Greenwood/Mancuso Vette, a licensed replica and livery. I just love the color and deco on this one, and what makes this even better is it’s a companion to the Sebring Greenwood released in the ROADRCR mix in 2012.
That is a dream pair. The Greenwood has truly been an all-timer for me, and seeing two in licensed Greenwood liveries is just the coolest.
Like many of these models, the Porsche 935/78 has sported all kinds of cool liveries. PPG is definitely one. The two-tone combo separating the way it does on the rear panel is super cool. Blue wheels are a nice touch as well.
RWB Porsche 930
The original, named after Nakai-san’s favorite beer. Of course Hot Wheels won’t call it the Stella Artois for obvious reasons, but most know what this model is. It is still a trip to think that this is a Hot Wheels car, but I talked about that in the last feature. Let’s just show the pics.
Nissan Skyline Silhouette
No photo, just a video:
Many folks figured the new Hot Wheels R30 Silhouette casting was based on the racing Silhouettes sponsored by Tomica. Nope, it is this one, sporting a #25 and driven by Paul Newman, at least for a commercial.
I’ll talk more about this one is a separate feature, but for now, that link may add a little more appreciation for the Hot Wheels release.
I’m not done with these. A set like this, with two debuts and one of my all-time favorite castings, deserves more attention. For now, add real liveries to all the reasons to get this set.