There aren’t many older premium Hot Wheels #Lamborghinis out there. Hot Wheels and #Ferrari had a deep relationship pre-2015 before they parted ways, so not many Lambos saw the opportunity to grab the slots dedicated to exotics in premium. Granted, Hot Wheels premium was nothing like it is today with the diversity in lines so there was limited opportunity to begin with. But I mean, Ferrari did have its own premium line though… I digress.
To go with the article I wrote the other day on the new #Exotic Envy #Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, I tried to think of premium releases of other #Lamborghinis. Two came to mind (as there aren’t many), the Hall of Fame: Lamborghini Diablo and the Whips / West Coast Customs (New School): #Lamborghini Murciélago, from 2003 and 2004 respectively.
I don’t have the Diablo, and a quick eBay “completed listings” check assures me I won’t be grabbing one any time soon as prices for it have skyrocketed to about $50. The Murciélago is a much more attainable piece as it can currently be had in the $15-shipped-range. I found mine for substantially less just a couple weeks ago.
This purple early-2000s Lambo was released in all its glory during the era which focused on rims. West Coast Customs was huge at the time and the brand had their own series within the Hot Wheels #Whips line — and were the backdrop to the MTV series, Pimp My Ride. This Whips / West Coast Customs #Lamborghini Murciélago wore the “New School” designation within the series.
What was also cool is that the line introduced several new Hot Wheels #Real Riders types despite this one wearing the (now classic) #Real Riders 5-Spoke Wheels — introduced in 2002. It is a clean, realistic car, but it tended to warm the pegs back in an era dominated by Hot Wheels muscle.
The only knock on it that I could find is the plastic base. Back then, Hot Wheels Premium vehicles weren’t advertised as metal/metal, so many of the mainline castings that crossed over weren’t given the premium upgrade of the diecast chassis.
With the Whips #Lamborghini Murciélago sitting next to the Exotic Envy #Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 you’ll make note the thickness of the tires which were originally designed for #Muscle Cars. That goes back to the fact that not many exotics wore #Real Riders during that time so the thinner profile tires needed to pull off the look weren’t a need. That may have affected the popularity of this one, but honestly, it holds up fairly well compared to the premium #Lamborghinis of today.
I prefer tires with some blackwall so I’m fine with the Real Riders that Mattel used on those Lamborghinis back in the early naughts. If anything, I’d want them even thicker.