Hot Wheels Honors Legends With Skyline R34 And Porsche 962C Team Transports

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These are a must-have for any serious Hot Wheels collector.

The Hot Wheels Legends Tour is in full swing as the search to find the world's craziest customer car continues. So far, we've seen some exceptional regional winners. The 1927 Wayne Ford School Bus that clinched top honors in Arkansas is a firm favorite of ours, but we confess to being rather enamored with the clean Nissan 240SX that won the Miami event, too.

As fans of the die-cast brand know, the winner of the overall competition gets to see their pride and joy immortalized in toy form - an honor for any gearhead. But while we wait for that to happen, the Mattel-owned toy maker has released a new Team Transport set for 2022. The motorsport-themed trio is a must-have for any Hot Wheels aficionado.

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Ministry of Diecast/YouTube
Ministry of Diecast/YouTube
Ministry of Diecast/YouTube

Let's start with the Nissan GT-R's more iconic relative, the R34 Skyline chassis. This miniature version of the legendary LB-ER34 Super Silhouette wears an aggressive body kit designed by Liberty Walk but, unlike the real-life version, the "LBWK" logo has been relegated to the rear quarter panel. In its place, you'll find Motul and Advan livery adorning the doors and hood. The ten-spoke black-painted wheels add to the JGTC vibe radiating from this die-cast model.

The red Skyline is joined by a rather slick-looking truck. Known as the Fleet Street, this low-riding transporter is nearly as cool as the Nissan it carries on its back. Sporting an equally vivid hue of red, the truck also boasts LBWK and Motul branding. There's space for some spare tires on its shoulders, but we're quite taken by the front splitter and the incredibly cool deep-dished alloys.

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If you're more into American muscle, the 1972 Plymouth Cuda will be right up your drag strip. Like the most serious of dragsters, Hot Wheels has designed the '72 Cuda to resemble Don "The Snake" Prudhomme's iconic funny car; the body shell tilts up to reveal the vaguely detailed blown Hemi V8 and chassis.

This is the muscle car's second appearance in the team transport series although, for 2022, it sports revised decals and paintwork. The white bodywork is enlivened by blue and red decals with sponsors Wynn's and Goodyear making an appearance.

A muscle car icon deserves to be transported by a large American truck. Hot Wheels calls it the Retro Rig, but there's a strong resemblance to older Ford trucks from the '80s and '90s. The convex front wheels are, of course, chromed and compliment the rear items and imposing front grille well. As with the Fleet Street, this all-American transporter matches the Cuda's livery.

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Ministry of Diecast/YouTube
Ministry of Diecast/YouTube
Ministry of Diecast/YouTube

Like its modern-day successor, the Porsche 962C was designed to dominate the world's most arduous racing events. It's so respected, in fact, that rich car collectors are willing to fork out insane amounts of money whenever one comes up for sale. But thanks to Hot Wheels, you don't need millions to appreciate this Shell-liveried example and its matching transporter.

Much like the racer on which it's based, this pint-sized Porsche features white-painted turbo-fan wheels which work well with the retro Shell color scheme. Those who know their racing history will recognize it as Hans-Joachim Stuck's 962C, a car he piloted to victory in the 1987 ADAC Wurth Supercup.

Unlike the others, the Porsche is carried around by an enclosed transporter, rather than a flatbed. The Sakura Sprinter also wears the retro Shell livery and is distinctively Japanese in its appearance. All three look brilliant and will be a worthy addition to any collection.

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Ministry of Diecast/YouTube
Ministry of Diecast/YouTube
Ministry of Diecast/YouTube
Ministry of Diecast/YouTube

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