I’ve been wanting to do this post for a long time.
At long last are the long lost brothers, the 1979 Hot Wheels Turismo from the 1982 mainline, and the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 from the 2015 Track Aces.
For those of you who are curious about the relation between these two cars, please visit Hot Wheels Wikia here:
They can do a better job of explaining than me, but suffice it to say Hot Wheels showed interest in making a DeLorean casting and got the green light from DMC, but DMC backed out at the last minute, even though Hot Wheels had already made the tooling for the car. In an attempt to salvage the project, they altered the tooling slightly, and the rest is history. Behold, Hot Wheels’ very own “Turismo.”
Hot Wheels Wikia even has some pictures of the original pre-production DeLorean. These images are from the above link:
The small changes that they made are evident upon close inspection, and are quite slight. Large arrows were placed over the taillamps, and small hoods shield part of the inner headlights, creating a subtle but unique look.
Sometimes unfortunate circumstances and way things end up can create some pretty special pieces of history. I love the story behind this casting.
I can still remember trying to figure out what it was when I first got one second hand as a kid in the early 90’s. It bore a striking resemblance to a DeLorean but with the way the lights were, it just couldn’t be that!
I’m overjoyed to see the final puzzle pieces falling into place, with the actual DMC-12 casting given one of Turismo’s original liveries, paying homage to the car that was so close, and yet so far.
Thanks for reading!