Model: Hot Wheels Lexus SC400
Line: Mainline 1995
eBay Link: Hot Wheels Lexus SC400
Why I am featuring it:
About a month ago, my fellow Lamley writers and I were going through future scheduling of the Lamley Daily. A few of us were calling spots a few days in advance, and the jackass I am decided I would snag August 25. It’s my birthday, but more importantly, it’s also Regis Philbin’s. Anyway, since I’m clearly getting old, I had forgotten I requested today until I checked the blog and realized there wasn’t a Daily posted (it usually drops at midnight or somewhere near on the clock).
So what does that have to do with the Lexus SC400 pictured before you? Not much in a direct connection, but it does remind me greatly of my childhood, something I often pine for (please don’t hold back on calling the waaaambulance on me, I know.) The SC400 is one of the earlier castings I recall being modeled after a car that wasn’t exactly mainstream, like a Corvette or a Ferrari. I also really enjoyed the many wheel variations it came with, and, to David Tilley’s delight if he were a HWs man, shades.
Today I chose a darker burgundy with the 5-dot wheels, not because I wanted to, but because I’m pressed for time to bang this out before my youngest wakes from his nap. Apparently, infants don’t respect birthday peace and quiet. That also explains the iPhone photos.
Moving along, according to the Hot Wheels Fandom page, the casting was designed and released in 1993 by Bruce Baur. While Fandom has an incomplete list of models to his credit, the Lexus seems to be the only licensed one. Others include Rigor Motor, Power Pipes, Splittin’ Image II (a personal favorite amongst the fantasy castings) and Twang Thang. Fans of the SC400 will instantly recognize its long hood, short deck proportions, but there aren’t any door markings and the paint thickness makes the taillights difficult to distinguish. There is no questioning the front end though, it’s spot-on SC. Additionally, I was always a fan of the two big tailpipes sticking out from underneath. The interior is also relatively detailed and the contrasting beige looks great.
I know I have a handful of these in the bin of cars I played with as a kid, but whenever I see a carded one I don’t think I have, I waste no time in buying it. It’s just one of those unexpected castings from the blue card era that I really gravitate towards.
Watch this space for more throwbacks to 1990s Hot Wheels. And maybe even a different photoshoot location. Probably not though.