From the moment OTD broke the news that the Hot Wheels #Fast & Furious / 1/4 Mile Muscle series would feature two #Variations of the brand-new, #’70 Chevrolet Chevelle SS casting, collectors began expressing doubt. The doubt came from those collectors choosing to believe other “news” sites that pass unreleased & stolen content around — in this case it was an incorrect list. Skeptics thought there was no way Hot Wheels would release two of the same casting in different slots in a series of five, despite this news article having pictures from Mattel.
Soon, those collectors who chose to doubt, channeled their frustrations into proclaiming that the Hot Wheels team was “lazy” for choosing two of the same casting in this series when so many other #Fast & Furious #Muscle Cars deserved the premium treatment.
Were there other muscle cars that could have been in this series? Of course. Was the team “lazy” in choosing two of the same casting? Absolutely not.
The #’70 Chevrolet Chevelle SS that is driven by Dominic “Dom” Toretto (Vin Diesel), is one of the only cars to appear in multiple movies. Its featured two distinct paint jobs, between The Fast and the Furious (2001) and Fast & Furious (2009), and both of them are captured here. Plus, its a brand-new casting… an upgraded premium version of the collector-favorite #’70 Chevelle SS casting that was introduced in 1999.
As you can see above, the basic version of the #’70 Chevelle SS had seen primer gray before. It was in the #Fast & Furious themed assortment (multiple times) that has been released exclusively at Walmart since 2013. That, along with the fact the Chevelles occupied two of the five slots in this series, may have played a role in the primer gray Chevelle coming one to a case (of 10) — making it an instant chase piece in the minds of some collectors.
As collectors, sometimes we struggle with ambiguity in our world. Often times, several Hot Wheels castings are released under the same name and its hard to distinguish them in casual conversation — written and oral. For those keep tracking at home, this is the third version of the standard 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS to be released in Hot Wheels form. The first — #’70 Chevelle SS — was designed by Phil Riehlman and introduced in 1999. Later, #Jun Imai Designed a race-inspired casting, dubbed the #’70 Chevy Chevelle SS, and released in 2013. This latest casting, the #’70 Chevrolet Chevelle SS was a #Mark Jones Design, and will most likely never appear in the basic line like the other two castings. Also among the family of 1970-specific #Chevelles, was the ’70 Chevelle SS Convertible (2007), SS Express (2007), and the #’70 Chevelle SS Wagon (2009).
Much has been made about there being two of the #’70 Chevrolet Chevelle SS in this series. Love it, hate it, or falling somewhere in-between, ultimately, we get two awesome #Variations of the casting right off the bat. Numerically and chronologically, the red #Chevelle is first. It appeared at the very end of The Fast and the Furious (2001) and at the beginning of Fast & Furious (2009), until Dom stripped it down and rebuilt it to compete in a race in that same 4th installment of the movie — creating the primer gray version.
Both installments feature a ton of detail from hood pins to head/tail/marker lights, and even feature the same California “JSM 586” license plate. They are still showing up at retail so you can try your chances there if you haven’t found them yet, OR you buy these direct from Amazon for $5.49 & Free Shipping (each). The red, and even the more limited primer gray can be had for retail price. Grab yours today!