Model: ’72 Ford Gran Torino Sport
Line: Hot Wheels RLC Neo Classics (no. 4 of 4)
eBay link: Hot Wheels RLC Gran Torino Sport
Why I am featuring it: “Keep that in the box”. A phrase my father would say often to me in my youth. He would buy limited edition Corgi and Lledo vehicles, buses, trucks and others, tin toys and other little bits that took his fancy. I’d get one or 2 for birthdays and Christmas if I was lucky. I could play with them carefully. They would always have to be put back in the box and he would make a point of showing me the limited edition certificates, delicate pieces etc. Then they would go somewhere safe until I wanted to play with them again. But I knew they were special so I didn’t that often. As a result there’s a cupboard full of stuff still in perfect condition at my parents house. It’s a cupboard full of perfectly preserved memories. And it’s maybe half the reason this Torino remains firmly stuck to the card, surrounded in a protective case.
Carded stuff is a little different to boxed stuff and I know this Lamley Daily will have a lot of you screeching “set it free!” at your screens. But I’ll politely decline if that’s ok.
This being an RLC car means we in the UK don’t get the chance to have them without huge cost. International membership is possible but there’s a flat rate of $60 for shipping to Europe and currently the cheapest shipping rate available for one listed on eBay is $15. That means there aren’t many RLC cars on these shores.
When this one arrived I had every intention of opening it. When I saw it first right here on Lamley Group I knew I needed one right away. It’s one of the best looking Hot Wheels I’ve ever seen. If not the best. I’ve a thing for green, and this Spectraflame olive green is stunning. And I’m a big fan of the wheel choice. It’s come straight from the Hot Wheels mainline circa 1973.
And I wanted to open it. I really did. But I know there’s a high chance I won’t get another in the UK, loose or carded. And the card art is fantastic. And while I’ll never get to experience the opening hood and the pleasure of rolling it around on the top of my desk, I get a different sort of enjoyment from it. I was given some clip strips from a local supermarket a few years ago and I hang my carded Hot Wheels on them. This one is the pick of a strip that includes the STH 8-Crate and Tesla Roadster.
I love it, and it’ll remain carded for as long as it’s with me. If I ever find a loose one then maybe I’ll indulge, but for now this ticks all the boxes I need it to.