My local Walmart (Baseline/Clyde in Ottawa-Nepean) had some of the Porsche series cars in stock. I had actually seen them several weeks before at a different Walmart but they were around $3.50 Canadian and I really don’t like to spend more than $3 each on Hot Wheels cars without diecast metal chassis or licensed sponsor logos. The Baseline Walmart had them for $2.50, and, while I still don’t think I’m going to bother to get the whole series, I didn’t have any trouble justifying buying this Porsche 917 as it is a Porsche casting I didn’t have in my collection before now.

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And this is the classic 1973-79 Porsche 917 casting (a slight retool of the 1970 casting), seen here wearing its Flying Colors colours. The difference between the two castings seen here is that the yellow Porsche series car is more accurately a 917K, the K standing for “Kurzheck”, or “short tail”, the version of the car with a shorter, more upswept tail to give the car more stability at high speeds. The orange Flying Colors car represents the earlier “longtail” version of the Porsche 1917, which was less stable; in 1969, British racer John Woolfe was killed in the first lap of the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the wheel of a 917L.

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I’m not too sure where I got this 917 as I have two examples in the same livery in very similar condition, one I got in a group of cars I bought off a seller from Kijiji several years ago and the other I got from a Value Village toy car grab bag earlier this year. Although I complained that the new Porsche series Porsche 917K had a plastic chassis, in the interest of honesty, this is one of the minority of 1970s Hot Wheels castings that also had a plastic chassis, although the 2011 Hot Ones series re-casting of this car gave it a metal chassis. This played with example is still a nice Hot Wheels car despite only being “half metal”.

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It looks great with a blue windows and headlights. A lot of orange Hot Wheels in the 70s got blue windshields.

Photographed in early evening sunlight on my back porch. Porsches on a porch. How poetic.