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  • Hot Wheels Inspired by Real Racecars

    While I was rearranging my collection, an idea for a thread came to me. For this thread, I will be listing some Hot Wheels cars that are based on real liveries or partly inspired by them.

    I'm gonna start with this Hot Wheels Hall of Fame Ferrari 333 SP.



    The card included in the packaging mentions the Ferrari 333 SP winning the prestigious 24 Hours of Daytona. However, upon checking some images of the 333 SP that won the 1998 24 Hours of Daytona, I realized that the Hot Wheels got the livery all wrong. This led me to search for more images just to see if the livery of the Hot Wheels model was actually based on a real car. It was then that I encountered these 3 images from RacingSportsCars.com.




    Why Hot Wheels chose to replicate this specific livery, I have no idea. I really do find it intriguing though and I hope someone can explain more regarding this.

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      Originally posted by Skabagoosh View Post

      Why Hot Wheels chose to replicate this specific livery, I have no idea. I really do find it intriguing though and I hope someone can explain more regarding this.
      Guessing here but it might have to do with licensing. Certain company's might not have sold the rights for HW's to use their logo.
      Scotty "Mustang (+Matchbox) Mad Man!"

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        Originally posted by WebeStang64 View Post

        Guessing here but it might have to do with licensing. Certain company's might not have sold the rights for HW's to use their logo.
        Yeah you're probably right. Such a shame because HW had certain cars that no one else ever did in 1/64 like the Riley and Scott and Caddy prototypes. They could have done more liveries with those castings.

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          Next up is this first edition Panoz GTR1.



          At first I thought this was just a generic livery based on the different liveries run by the Panoz team during 1997. Just like with the 333 SP, I decided to look at various images and it actually seems like this is based on a real livery that was used during the 1997 6 Hours of Watkins Glen. Picture below is from RacingSportsCars.com again.



          What actually made me notice this is the Goodyear logo on the spoilers of the car. I think this was the only race that had those logos on the spoilers.

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            I thought that was generic as well. Very neat casting that Panoz is for sure.
            Scotty "Mustang (+Matchbox) Mad Man!"

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              Boy~O~Boy The NHRA brought many inspired and replica racers out...









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                All real drag racers...









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                  NHRA Funny Cars as well...









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                        Road racing and NASCAR...













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                            Shadow Mk IIa.



                            This model is based on a race car from the Shadow team that competed in the 1971 season of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup. I am not sure why this particular Can-Am car was chosen as a Hot Wheels model as it was not exactly successful. It only managed to complete two races in the season, placing 12th and then 3rd.

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                              Ferrari 250 LM.



                              In 1965, five Ferrari 250 LM took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Three cars finished the race placing 1st, 3rd and 6th. The winner was number 21, similar to the HW model displayed here. It was driven by Jochen Rindt, Masten Gregory and Ed Hugus.

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