Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) was a remake of the 1974 movie of the same name. In the movie, the protagonist group of car thieves must steal 50 high-end vehicles in a night to make good on a failed deal that happened earlier on. This list of 50 vehicles is seen several times throughout the film and at #17 features a 1998 Dodge Viper GTS known as code name, “Denise”. Since the car was never featured in the film, collectors questioned this Vipers inclusion as part of the Hot Wheels Cool Collectibles: Gone in Sixty Seconds Set. With all the other cars in the film, its inclusion was questionable but most likely broke down to the castings Hot Wheels had available in this #Cool Collectibles line at the time. The line itself was centered around the adult collector versus the popular mainline castings that are much simpler in design and detail.
So even though the decision was questionable, this Viper GTS turned out quite nice as it was released in its signature metalflake blue paint complete with two white racing stripes down the middle. It wears four chrome #Pro-Circuit 6-Spoke Wheels and features a spare, visible through the rear window, which is part of the interior mold and painted silver. This is hardly the only cool detail about this release and this casting. On this casting, the Viper’s signature flip-forward hood was added as an #Opening Feature and on this release that 10-cylinder Viper engine is painted red.
The Hot Wheels Dodge Viper GTS casting was first introduced in the 1998 Cool Collectibles: 35th Anniversary of the Shelby Cobra 2-Car Set. After that, it had a one-off release for the Viper Club in 1998 along with several Cool Collectibles solo releases in 1999. Then there was this Gone in Sixty Seconds one in 2000. The casting’s final two releases came in 2003 as part of the #Auto Affinity / #Preferred Line.