One of the more under-utilized castings in Hot Wheels history is the Chaparral 2D. It was only used 3 times since its initial 2003 First Editions release. Sure, there are castings that have been “one-and-dones” but considering this Chaparral had a 9-year run, you would assume that we would have seen more releases of it.
All four releases of the Hot Wheels Chaparral 2D, have been “quality” releases in that they all have received racing schemes — aka: no crude cartoon graphics as they just wouldn’t fit this vintage racer. Of these four releases, my favorite would have to be the one we’re looking at today: the 2007 #Mystery Cars version. Even though the 2003 First Edition version wore replica graphics of the real Chaparral 2D race car, its the faux-Gulf Racing paint scheme that makes this one stand out! It truly is only a few shades of blue darker and a few Gulf logos away from fitting the #Gulf Racing bill. The scheme was actually replicated for its 2011 multi-pack release when it appeared in white.
Though we have not seen this #Discontinued Casting since 2011; with Hot Wheels realigning a portion of its collector strategies towards a focus on vintage racing and car culture, it would not be surprising to see this vintage racer re-surface in a premium line.
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