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  • Hot Wheels Deora Toy Fair issue

    It's now been over a year and a half since the "rebirth" of the Garage, how time flies! My heartfelt thanks to all the members, this place wouldn't be here without you!

    I've been purposely avoiding the usual suspects until now, simply because there is so much more to the diecast world. But it is time now to let some of the regulars get a moment.

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    The Deora was my first Hot Wheel, in proper gold. I think I was in first grade at the time it came out. I took it to school with me, and like kids of that age do, I left it and never saw it again. Years later a good friend of the Garage, BunkerJim, generously gave me an example of that very redline and it is among my favorite treasures high in one of my displays.

    The Deora is a first year "sweet 16" redline, designed by Harry Bentley Bradley. It is patterned on a real show car, commissioned by Mr Bradley and built by the Alexander Brothers, and it toured the Custom Car circuit through the 1960s. Built from Dodge "flatnose" A100 pickup, with some body parts from '60 Fords (notably the front is a Ford wagon rear, with a Ford sedan rear window serving as the cab rear window). Powered by a venerable if not flashy slant six, the real car showcases a number of novel features, including clamshell front entry and boat inspired steering. The real car sold at the Peterson Museum auction a few years back for over 100K as I recall, it was among the more sought after cars listed that day.

    The Deora was one of the early redline issues resurrected for the 25th anniversary in 1993, and also notes the restart of my current collection when I found a burgundy red example on the Anniversary card while driving big rig in Washington state. I still have that one buried somewhere in my collection. The Deora has remained in the line since that time, as well as a few spoofs and "updates," though none in my opinion come close to the original. (Though the Maelstrom, unofficially, comes pretty close)

    This example was made for the 1997 Toy Fair.
    The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    Thanks for all you have done Wes to put the Garage in order and a great place for us to hang out! Enjoy this trip down memory lane with the Hot Wheels Deora. I, too, had a redlines version - thinking mine was in purple.

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      Thanks Wes for creating a great place for all of us diecast enthusiast to hang out and enjoy yours and our hobby, the Garage feels like a place with people, whether new or migrated from old forums, like people we've known for years.

      Don't remember ever having the original style Deora, though I think my older brother did, but I don't recall getting the later reissues either, yet I always thought it was a pretty cool looking HWs, I did get some of the second version of it though, Deora II or something like that, with the rounded front, from the late 90's I think.
      Doug

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      • #4
        I only had the deora 2 BUT Thank you jt3 for creating this website!!

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