This will be a good one. These weren’t supposed to be here til Saturday. What an extremely pleasant surprise.
I have recently found out that restoring vintage Redline Hot Wheels is an extremely rewarding experience. Not in $, but in emotional satisfaction. Nothing makes me happier than the first coat of transparent color being sprayed onto these wonderful creations.
Both are US made cars. The McLaren is a 68 & the Silhouette is a 67. Here’s a closer look at the Silhouette from my potato.
The pitting on the Silhouette is quite extreme. Which will make it that much more rewarding to bring it back to life.
I bought the 2 Ferraris about a month ago. Bringing the one on the end back to life was an experience I wanted to feel again. When these came up for a price I was willing to pay... I jumped on them.
I’ll start with the McLaren, which I might actually leave alone. It’s in much better shape than the Ebay pictures led me to believe.
The wheels are pretty beat up, but once you drill them you can’t undrill them. The paint is in good enough shape that I’ll at least wait a week or two before deciding its fate.
The windshield isn’t cracked (that’s how I decide which cars to bid on). I can’t uncrack a 40 year old windshield, and replacing it will probably cost more than the car itself. Quite a nice example. The paint is chipped in places but is still a beautiful shade of red.
Now for the Silhouette
I’m pretty darn excited to get a 1967 Silhouette on my table. Even though it’s completely thrashed. This one is showing its age, but the glass is almost perfect. No cracks or deep gouges. I’ll really enjoy bringing it back to life.
I’ll try to salvage the axles. What’s the opposite of #stancenation?
I focused on the glass for that last pic. I can’t believe a car this play worn has perfect window plastic.
I’ll finally be going to redlineshop.com and paying full price for a set of vintage wheels. Probably a bunch of sets actually.
I’m so excited these came early. Good times, good times.
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