Model: Hot Wheels Oldsmobile Aurora
Line: Demolition Man
eBay Link: Hot Wheels Oldsmobile Aurora
Why I am featuring it: The year was 1994 and I was a 10-year-old car kid waiting for the school bus. My neighborhood gang all congregated at a central stop and one of the parents was a higher-up at a car dealership, meaning a constant carousel of new demos.
There, in the corner of the apartment building parking lot, was a car I’d never seen before. It had no discernible badging other than, to my elementary eyes, a stylized squiggle, which as I would soon learn was an A.
The Oldsmobile Aurora was introduced in 1994 as a 1995 model, replacing the Toronado and ultimately the Ninety-Eight as well. The first generation was developed as a sports sedan, featuring a 4-cam 32V V8 paired exclusively to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The flowing exterior lacked any distinguishable grill between the headlights, with matching oval fog lamps flanking the lower fascia. An elegant mix of an MX-6 and a Model S, if you will.
As a Hot Wheels, the car you see here was introduced in 1993 as part of the Demolition Man series. While the [miniature] designer is unknown, its second coming in metallic green is what I remember from my childhood. It may seem trivial now, but I had a small stocking on our Christmas tree where Santa would leave a diecast car of his choosing. I distinctly remember receiving the green Aurora and still have that very car, very much loved to the brink of extinction, somewhere in a tote in my garage. I also have a carded one lost away in another tote.
This silver over tan is a more realistic color combination. That green didn’t match any of the factory offerings (if only), but was a great color to show off the detail of the casting. It was sold in a plastic “Cryo Cube” similar to those in the Park ’n Plate series, just with an image of the car in place of a license plate.
The taillights, arguably the most striking part of the car, are formed from the base, and as such don’t quite fill the void in the casting. Imagine this as an Auto World? Oh man, sign me up.
One really unusual thing is found on the base…the inclusion of rear differential for a FWD car. Maybe it was converted for the movie? I haven’t seen it so I can’t say be certain.
I could handily fill an entire pamphlet praising a car I’ve never driven based on looks alone. The first-generation Oldsmobile Aurora is one of the most recognizable cars from the mid-late 90s and I wouldn’t mind owning a 1:1 version. For now, I’ll happily settle for the smaller scale.