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Whips / Team Baurtwell: CADILLAC ESCALADE

Dubs, shoes, or what are commonly known as wheels were big in the early 2000s. With reality shows like MTV’s “Pimp My Ride” and “Cribs”, the general population got a glimpse at the “new thing” in car culture — DUBS! SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade reigned supreme in the pre-recession era…before gas prices shot up to nearly $5/gallon in some places. This was evident judging by the five different Escalade castings Hot Wheels had released from 2003 to 2006.

2004 brought us 7 of the 8 versions of this particular Hot Wheels Cadillac Escalade casting. Being released seemingly concurrently, its hard to remember if the Whips ones or the Auto Affinity ones showed up first as I can only remember that this white one from the Whips line was the first one I obtained, prompting me to search for the other seven as they were released.

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Hot Wheels Cadillac Escalade from the 2004 Whips Line (Team Baurtwell – New School) … rear view

With this version/release being the #First Edition of this casting (to me), it could barely look more true to the real Cadillac Escalades you saw on the roads. Painted in a fabulous pearl white, and detailed with taillights and Cadillac/Escalade badging, only the lack of detailed headlights took away from this release. Hot Wheels’ 6-Spoke Bling Wheels assisted in making this release “dub-worthy”.

Orange Track Diecast

RELEASE DETAILS: Pearl White Body (metal). Tinted Windows. Gray Interior. Chrome 6-Spoke Bling Wheels. Black Base (plastic). Made in China. Toy# C2657. Released in 2004 as part of the Hot Wheels Whips line (Team Baurtwell / New School Series).

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