Possibly my favourite casting of the current Hot Wheels line up is the ’70 Ford Escort RS1600, I have four variants the latest being the ’70 Ford Escort RS1600 “Gumball Rally”.
My dad had a Ford Escort Mark I back in 1970, it wasn’t an RS1600, just a humble 1100, but the characteristic shape gives me that nostalgic buzz, which sparks my collecting.
The first I found was the Castrol model, the colours are like the Italian national colours often sported by Fiats and Lancias in rallies. The yellow model, whose decor makes it look like it has an opening hood from certain angles, I found in a three pack. The blue model is a Hot Wheels 50th anniversary special. There are a few variants I have missed, I’d like to find the Fast and Furious model in blue with a thick white stripe, there was also a red Castrol model. I also hope Hot Wheels continues to put out more variants of this casting.
Update: 7 January 2020. I picked up a Fast and Furious 5 Pack, mainly because of the Escort, the other cars (a ‘61 Impala, ‘72 Ford Torino Gran Sport, Corvette Grand Sport Roadster and ‘70 Chevelle SS) are all cool but without the Escort, I’d have left it on the shelf. I did leave it on the shelf a while, waiting for XS Toys to have one of their periodic -30% sales. I wasn’t disappointed.
I have six variants now, and will pick up any more I come across. I am aware of 16 different variants . Some are Super Treasure Hunts or special series we don’t get here in Tbilisi, Georgia.