And soon you'll be able to buy a 1:64 model of it.
Mattel recently made Lee Johnstone's dreams come true by building a 1:64 scale model of his 1969 Volvo P1800 Gasser. What car lover wouldn't want an exact pint-size replica of their car after all?
Johnstone won the 2021 round of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, and the UK native became the first international winner in the competition's history.
Johnstone and his daughter, Victoria Upham, attended the global unveiling of his tiny Volvo in New York City, where their family's full-size passion project was officially inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends. The latter is the most highly coveted collection of Hot Wheels, as it includes the brand's most iconic designs in both 1:64 and life-size scales.
This particular Volvo was semi-famous before it reached New York. Johnstone is a mechanic by trade and restored, modified, and raced the car before entering it into the competition.
The P1800 Gasser was chosen after an intense 25-stop international tour across five continents. It's powered by a Chevy 454 big block engine with a 671 GMC supercharger and dual four-barrel carburetors. The most remarkable thing about it, apart from winning this prestigious competition, is that it can pull a wheelie from a standing start. That's the most un-Volvo thing we've ever heard of. You certainly can't do that in an XC90.
While the Gasser is retiring from racing for the moment, it will be on display with previous winners before it embarks on a tour of the USA. These previous winners include the inaugural 2018-winning 2JetZ, 2019-winning THE NASH, and 2020-winning 1970 Pontiac Firebird.
"The Legends Tour began in 2018 as a way to celebrate and engage the car builder community around the world," said Ted Wu, Vice President and Global Head of Design for Vehicles at Matte. "Lee Johnstone's 1969 Volvo P1800 proved to be a truly awe-inspiring Gasser interpretation that captivated the entire Hot Wheels team. As the first international Legends Tour winner, we can't wait to share his dream with Hot Wheels fans in more than 150 countries around the world."
To sell it to the world, the Hot Wheels team used CAD (Computer-Aided Design) scanning to digitalize every tiny detail of the Gasser. It will only go on sale once the final design has undergone Hot Wheels' rigorous testing regime.
We have no idea what these tests are, but it's likely just handing it over to a particularly destructive five-year-old for a week. If it can survive that, it can survive anything.