HotWheelsCollectors.com - Series One
my, oh my. It's amazing how much a little Spectraflame paint and a metal
chassis can improve a model. If Purple Passion were issued 20 years
earlier than it was, the HWC model is a good approximation of what the casting
would have looked like. No visible tooling changes were made, and yet
this is the best this casting has ever looked.
The body is zinc-plated, polished and covered with Spectraflame violet - a cross
between the old Spectraflame purple and magenta colors. The paint is a
Spectraflame version of the shade used on First Editions models Hammered
Coupe, Screamin' Hauler, Scorchin' Scooter and 1/4 Mile
Coupe. The car features metallic violet shadow flames (also used on
the HWC King Kuda and Nitty Gritty Kitty), and looks fantastic in
person. The tampos tend to photograph with a reddish hue, but in real life
the flames disappear into the mirror finish. The thin black outline to the
flames that was on the pilot model is not present on the production model. The headlights are painted silver, a la the U.S. made version of the original
Custom Volkswagen. The interior is molded in white plastic while
the glass is clear plastic. As with many of the HWC cars, there is a
California license plate tamped on the trunk. The custom grill, a part of the
die cast zinc plated chassis, has the background areas painted flat black, thus
giving the impression of the floating grill.
The car weighs a solid two ounces with the addition of the metal chassis.
A nice touch is the use of the large RSWs in the back, giving the model a slight
rake and more visibility to the rear wheels. The model is manufactured in China.
Mattel has done a great job on the Passion, and many collectors seemed to
agree as the car sold out within a day. Nice to see this model rendered to
the old standards.