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Hot Wheels Delivery / Slick Rides: ’50s CHEVY TRUCK

For those of you that may not remember, the #Hot Wheels Delivery series was essentially the beginning of what is now referred to as the Pop Culture line. It started in 2009 with the Sweet Rides series and concluded after its second year (2010) where it was known as the #Slick Rides — featuring automotive parts manufacturers. Ultimately, the line transformed into #Pop Culture in 2011, which was called “Nostalgic Brands” at the time.

The 2010 #Slick Rides featured some slick rides indeed. Some of the best large #Trucks that Hot Wheels has to offer were used in this metal base/body series. My favorite out of all of them? Well, that would have to be the #Ed Pink #’50s Chevy Truck.

First things first, I have to admit I have a little bit of a bias, as I collect (and love) the #Larry Wood Designed, #’50s Chevy Truck casting. Originally making its debut in the #Ultra Hots line, the ’50s Chevy Truck has always been metal/metal and featured an #Opening Feature in its bed, which lifts up to reveal its engine partially tucked underneath its quad-cab.

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Hot Wheels ’50s Chevy Truck from the 2010 Hot Wheels Delivery / Slick Rides (bed up, engine view)

Casting bias aside, its first colorway in matte black gave you great perspective as to the detail and curves in this casting and really made the pink graphics pop. Its second colorway (in metalflake white) was a nice follow-up, but certainly did not have the effect the edgy matte black did.

In the Hot Wheels world, its typical to see a colorway — which is just a shortened way to say change in color for a specific release — go from black to white, gold to silver, and red to blue, or vice versa. After seeing this pair, you can start to understand the reasoning for it as the contrast really makes for a great pair.

I believe the #Slick Rides #’50s Chevy Truck is the first of only two Hot Wheels cars to ever wear the #Ed Pink racing engines brand. The second would be the 2015 HW City / Performance Series ’71 El Camino which ended up coming in 3 colorways: black, ZAMAC, and purple.

If you’re a fan of this release of the #’50s Chevy Truck, and have yet to obtain it, it will probably set you back $10- to $15-shipped per colorway (carded) if ordered online. If you’re not trying to finish the casting collection or the series collection, I’m not sure most people would pay $20 to $30 for the pair, but if you get the chance to get it for less, definitely jump on that. Open them up, roll them around, and you won’t be disappointed — the Hot Wheels ’50s Chevy Truck is one of the best castings out there.

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RELEASE DETAILS: Matte Black Body (metal). Pink-Tinted Windows. Gray Interior. Chrome Real Riders 5-Spoke (RR5SP) Wheels. Unpainted Metal Base. Made in Thailand. Toy# R3735. Released in 2010 as #9 of 34 in the Hot Wheels Delivery / Slick Rides Series.

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RELEASE DETAILS: Metalflake White Body (metal). Pink-Tinted Windows. Gray Interior. Chrome Real Riders 5-Spoke (RR5SP) Wheels. Unpainted Metal Base. Made in Thailand. Toy# R3735. Released in 2010 as #9 of 34 in the Hot Wheels Delivery / Slick Rides Series.

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