There are two main attributes that attracts me the most as a Hot Wheels collector, which I couldn’t resist. The first is a real Hot Wheels car casting, one that is specially created for an acrylic display case, and second of all if its a Porsche. I am a sucker for these attributes, it’s a metaphor feeling where you can express to say “It is to die for”. The Hot Wheels Porsche 993 GT2 Gulf Racing HWC Special inherits these traits and its high desirability made me fork out a small fortune for it.
The Hot Wheels Porsche 993 GT2 is not something new, the main casting itself was first introduced in the Boulevard Car Culture series in 2013. It’s inception was developed by prominent designer Jun Imai, most notably the yellow Porsche 993 GT2 Boulevard series that came with full on details and real riders – although the taillight tampos are always out of place in an error state. The first casting itself was beauty, it ticked all the right boxes and even till date after more than 5 years has passed, the Porsche 993 GT2 Boulevard series is still in demand and highly sought, which increased its market value to 10 folds of the price it was retailed for.
What is it?
In the late 60s and early 70s, Gulf Racing emerged as a major force in world endurance sports car racing. Fan loved to watch the familiar blue and orange-liveried cars streak around the world’s most famous race circuits. Hot Wheels proudly pays tribute to this great racing team by presenting the stellar Porsche 993 GT2 in full Gulf Racing colours.
Specked in distinctive baby blue and orange high contrast livery, the iconic Gulf Racing colours could be recognize from a mile away. The Hot Wheels Porsche 993 GT2 Gulf Racing HWC Special was created as a tribute to the successful Gulf Racing team that took reign with some of the world’s greatest drivers during the 1960-70’s golden era of motorspot racing. Released through Hot Wheel’s Red Line Club, the Hot Wheels Porsche 993 GT2 Gulf Racing was part of the HWC Special edition with a limited production of 6000 pieces, numbered individually in a oval holographic sticker at the bottom case.
The car came in a white protected packaging box, encased in a secondary Gulf Racing themed box which houses the fragile acrylic case that is mostly recognized as the Hot Wheels “Toy Fair” case. The base is coloured is archetypal towards the Hot Wheels orange track, with the top resembling a racing track tarmac with white and red curb contrast details at the front. Embossed in between the car is a Hot Wheels logo, the details are imminent as you look closer.
Screwed in both ends of the case, holds the Porsche 993 GT2. It features a metal body on metal base, it has widened fenders and huge rear wing with air scoops in the struts, powder coated Gulf livery light blue and orange livery with full tamps, fat real riders RR8SP with copper gold chrome trims and Firestone tampo on rubber wheels. The combination is perfect in every way which is difficult to fault with, it was designed by Steve Vandervate, a designer who has worked on Imai’s original 993 GT2 casting effort.
The design combination of the Hot Wheels Porsche 993 GT2 Gulf Racing HWC Special is perfect in every way which is difficult to fault with, anyone could easily recognise it’s thorough efforts that has translated its initiatives into a highly desirable product, mainly because of its Gulf Racing livery. It was originally retailed for $20.00 USD (RM83), but now commands a premium between RM480 to RM550 ($116 to $133 USD) due to demand.
Despite its high resell value, not every 993 GT2 Gulf are equally perfect. I have observed across several loose and cased cars for sale, and majority I would say is poorly finished, notably the fenders which often shows minor chipping defects. The paint job is not great either, at a closer look, speckles of black paint from the window trim detailing could often be found on the light blue body due to poor masking, the contrast painting between the orange and blue is not as refined if you compare with Tarmac or Greenlight standard. However there are some pretty good ones finished in almost perfect condition, it depends on your luck. So if you’re a perfectionist and willing to fork out a small fortune, since these are no longer in production, I would suggest to inspect the car at a closer look before committing.