For many of us, Hot Wheels diecasts hold a special place in our hearts. Loveable metal cars offered wild and wonderful designs, and the Mattel-owned brand is still going strong today in the United States and around the world. Not only that, but they regularly come up with all kinds of new designs, and they even have their own video games, which makes the Hot Wheels world even more exciting and of course brings it into the 21st century.
Recently, Hot Wheels held a contest to find a new car that would become a Hot Wheels die-cast, and it’s part of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour. It was all about finding an actual machine that would become a new Hot Wheels model, and the competition’s UK tour recently took place. The judges involved were Helen Stanley, Ian Callum and Jonny Smith with host Alex Kersten. The judges all came to the conclusion that a 1963 supercharged BMW engine Ford Anglia would be the winner, and that would win the UK round of the competition to find a brand new Hot Wheels diecast.
A huge honor to become a new Hot Wheels model
The car that won the British round beat the impressive 100 entries and was built by a former British estate agent. The car is called “The Misfit” and is as we said a 1963 Anglia which now has a supercharged BMW engine under the hood. It has now claimed its claim to become a new 1:64 scale Hot Wheels die-cast, and the car itself was built by Michael Charalambous who only finished the car in 2022 after being strived to complete it in the Covid-19 lockdowns. The Misfit was also voted a fan favorite at the event.
Charalambous is not a professional engineer who cut his teeth in the world of housing. But he’s someone who’s always loved cars, and his dream car is a Ferrari 308GTB. He decided to embark on a mission to restore a series of cars and become the owner of the Italian supercar, and it is his most ambitious project to date. Hundreds of hours have gone into the car to bring it to the finished state it is in now, and a car that would be unique unless it became a Hot Wheels toy.
A car that looks nothing like an original Anglia
Watching The Misfit, it would be hard to fathom that it was actually something different. Only a few details such as the headlights and the central part of the fairing even suggest that it was originally an Anglia. Speaking about the project, Charalambous said: “Hot Wheels has played a major role in what we build, inspiring certain design elements such as the exposed engine and wheels. I’ve often thought, how would Hot Wheels do, so winning is just amazing.
At the heart of this beast is a supercharged four-cylinder engine and transmission originally sourced from a BMW E30. It’s now mounted on a bespoke chassis made up of parts from Ford and Hillman Imps. It’s a far cry from the Ford class it originally was. The car is also in a flat military green paint and sits on very old-school cross tires. The car was used regularly on the road and not transported by trailer, so it is almost a daily driver. He was even driven to the Hot Wheels event in which he won.
Fend off some truly amazing finalists
Picking The Misfit was no easy task as there were a total of 10 special finalists who all could have won the event. One of these cars was The Mexorcist, which was a 600hp modified YB-engined Ford Escort Mk2. Other cars featured include a Group 5-inspired space-chassis BMW E2, as well as vintage “This and That” mini twins, as well as the world’s first modified Hona e EV. There were also more cars on display, which makes the making of The Misfit all the more remarkable.
Hoping to enter the Hot Wheels Hall of Fame
Now that they have won the UK tour, The Misfit will face more cars in the semi-final on November 10 before, if they win that, entering the World Final on November 12. Mattel says there will be two winning entries at the end of the contest, and they will both be produced in 1:64 scale for enthusiasts around the world to enjoy. Last year, the same competition was won by Volvo Gasser “Aint no Saint” and this particular car is expected to hit stores this Christmas, which The Misfit hopes to eventually do.
Source: Mattel UK