In early December, two significant things happened. First and foremost, majority of the human race suddenly realized that we were approaching the years end, while second of all, a relatively niche clothing brand in America announced a historical collaboration with Hot Wheels, to launch a limited edition highly desirable Mercedes Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II by Period Correct.
Who is Period Correct?
Located at Costa Mesa – California, Period Correct is a motorsport lifestyle brand that merges the aesthetics of classic racers with streetwear clothing. It’s sole flagship store amalgamate car culture with fashion into one beloved brand, Period Correct’s direction often features cross collaborative efforts with leading automotive makers such as Ferrari, McLaren, BMW, to name a few; including prominent designers labels such as Converse, Anti Social Club, New Balance, Yuketen and etcetera. Often focusing on simplicity, quality, purposeful design, and attention to detail.
The store’s minimalist interior not only features contemporary ready-to-wear clothing but is enhanced by showcasing desirable vintage cars, die-cast models, books, souvenirs, and unconventional car parts to further elevate the automotive culture within. Those who share a common interest in streetwear and motorsport will discover a keen delight in the inspired wearable pieces scattered among Period Correct’s line of clothing.
Period Correct redefines a culture lost through time, powered by the future of speed and modern design. The idea has been reinvented with the influence of motorsports, car culture, and automobiles. Guided by craftsmanship, utilizing exclusive fabrics, and continual progression in design.
The brand itself is relatively not known prior to its recent collaboration with Hot Wheels, although it has gained significant traction over the years due to its proactive efforts in cross collaboration such as leveraging successes from other brands, designers, events, and promotions – often hosting interesting car meets to push out initiatives.
What is it?
The Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II was introduced in 1990, it is the successor of the first Evolution model, only 502-units were production and was already sold before it being unveiled. Only 500 examples were painted in “blauschwarz” blue/black metallic, while the last 2 were painted in astral silver, making them the rarest of the Evolution models.
Fast forward almost 30 years later, the 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II remains as iconic and coveted till date. The die-cast version was first introduced by Hot Wheels in 2017 under Car Culture: Modern Classics. Created by veteran Hot Wheels designer Mark Jones, it features the similar blauschwarz paint, detailed head and taillights, RRA turbine wheels, metal base and was manufactured from Thailand. The casting became a huge hit and was known to be the chase car in the Modern Classic series. The casting is so far only available as a premium offering through Car Culture series.
Since die-cast cars are nostalgic to every petrol head’s youth, it’s no surprise Period Correct would choose Hot Wheels as a partner collaborator in this project. Driven by enthusiasm and passion, the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II was chosen due to its rich nature in motorsport history. When the Hot Wheels collaboration was announced earlier in December 2018, the forthcoming news went viral across the global Hot Wheels collectors community.
Thousands of Hot Wheels collector fans across the globe waited eagerly online on Saturday, 8th December 2018 at 9:00am PST to get their hands on Hot Wheel’s hotly-anticipated die-cast collaboration for Period Correct, since it was so well famed and celebrated for its RLC retail prices.
The online site released the product 5 minutes prior to 9:00am, as I predicted they would launch earlier than the anticipated time, I jumped in and took off with 3 pieces as fast as I could. Each customers were limited to purchase up to 5 pieces per user and transaction, I was not aware that if I had 5 pieces in my basket the international shipping price would drop significantly. But I spared no time in looking into the finer details being well aware thousands were behind me.
While ecstatic collectors ransacked the online store, those hoping to make it to the checkout point were left disappointed after the sheer volume of transactions made way while they were either late or busy browsing other products. The website sold out their entire 300 pieces under a couple of minutes, with many pieces ending up on eBay at highly inflated prices shortly after.
Why Everyone Wants One
If there is one key feature that everyone uses for a reason to chase after Period Correct’s highly anticipated Hot Wheels collaboration, it has to be the distinctive acrylic case construction that would provide a gateway to collectors as a genuine excuse.
The same packaging platform is shared among the Toy Fair and HWC specials, having to own a Hot Wheels car that was originally produced in an acrylic case is a highly prized collection and privilege to talk about, since these are rarely available compared to the blister cards offerings via Red Line Club.
Although not individually numbered as a limited edition run, similarly as Tanner Fox’s TFox Hot Wheels Nissan R35 GTR Guaczilla 2.0, there aren’t many of these out there. Period Correct briefly mentioned only 300 units were available. That is about 5% or less of what HWC or RLC produces on a limited edition run, making them extremely rare just one step behind Toy Fair’s undisclosed production numbers.
Lastly, aesthetic wise it’s difficult to fault with the meticulous design retro racing inspired theme, find out more below. In my personal opinion, it’s one handsome piece to have for any modern Hot Wheels collector, it’s tough, and solid value for money.
Why It’s In My Collection
I am a big fan of the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5 16 Evolution II, when I was a young child I would often explore extended neighborhood and could fondly recall seeing one of these parked at a residential roadside. It was a beautiful moment just to witness such a unique car in person. I always thought about getting one but the prices has gone up beyond average reach. Although I’m no longer missing it, i’m watching this from a safe distance on the sidelines.
To my eye, the Hot Wheels x Period Correct 190E 2.5 16 Evolution II is just an absolute pleasure to look at, even at a striking contrast beside a highly desirable Hot Wheels Bugatti Veyron Speed Machines, the 190E Evo II takes the limelight. I believe one of its key feature that has made it so attractive is the light grid tampo design, reminiscent towards the 1980s digital retro landscape “think of Tron” which has further enhance the geometric design.
I love the white detailing across the window trims and rear body panel which has set against the high-contrast spectraflame metallic blue paint, a creative detailing use over the traditional matte black trims. Some fun branding and slogans which reads “Win on Sunday Sell on Monday”, along with the reminiscent circle tampo on the doors that tributes to early racers.
As a clear case collector, the Hot Wheels x Period Correct collaboration offers a nice connection towards Mercedes-Benz to reintroduce a classic sports car masterpiece from the past, and a gateway for collectors to enjoy a unique product which is an important part in modern hobby collection.