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Hot Wheels Gives Fans’ Car the Diecast Treatment

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Greg Salzillo and Dave Ford custom car, The Nash, wins the 2019 Hot Wheels Legends Tour.

Mattel has announced the winner of the 2019 Hot Wheels Legends Tour is Greg Salzillo and Dave Ford’s custom car, The Nash.

With the win, the car will be joining the Hot Wheels collection as a 1:64 scale diecast. Salzillo and Ford’s car was chosen from almost 5,000 custom vehicles that entered in the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, which visited 20 cities throughout Europe and North America. The custom build will be completely unique to any diecast cars that the brand has built in its 51-year history. The Nash will hit store shelves nationwide in 2020.

“The second year of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour brought more cars, more fans and more competition – it’s hard to choose just one winner to be made into a die-cast car!” says Ted Wu, vice president, global head of design for vehicles, Mattel. “We chose ‘The Nash’ as it represents the true garage spirit by bringing generations together and creating an impressive car that’s built, not bought. You see it and instantly know it’s meant to be Hot Wheels with that color, the shape and the dice.”

A team of judges including celebrity auto aficionados Jay Leno, Adam Carolla, Richard Rawlings and editor-in-chief of MotorTrend Ed Loh helped pick The Nash this year. A Small Block Chevy 305, the car originally came stocked with 40 horsepower and now touts a high-performing 300 horsepower. The custom build has unique headers coming out of the fenders, old school stock steel wheels, and original bias ply tires.

“We’re extremely overwhelmed, proud and excited over what Dave and I created with The Nash,” says Salzillo. “I can’t wait to see my kids’ faces when they see their dad’s car turned into a real Hot Wheels toy.”

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