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Legacy of Design: The Deora ll (2020)

[Nicole] There are few cars that have truly stood the test of time and are still being admired some 50 years later.

Well, at Hot Wheels, they've got a car with a legacy that stretches back more than 50 years, a car that is beloved by fans everywhere.

A car that almost no one has gotten to drive on a real road until today.

(car engine revving)

So here's the Deora II, let's go around this car and look at all the things that make it so unique.

The Deora design has stuck with Hot Wheels since the beginning.

First, with the original Deora model car in 1968, and now with its legacy, the Deora II.

First built in 2000 by Nathan Proch, and the life-size version built three years later by Chip Foose and 5-axis design.

This baby's got a complete fiber glass body using a custom one off mold.

It's cool, it's sleek, it's futuristic, it's everything you want in a Hot Wheels.

Chip Foose did an amazing job, this is what I'm talking about, right here.

They are blingin', 24 inch wheels.

24's people!

24's!

These rims are anything but common, especially for a car designed in the early 2000s.

Back then, rims were rarely larger than 17 inches.

Of course, you had to go with 24's when you're trying to match this model.

Now I'm going around this thing and I'm looking to myself and I'm saying where do you get in at?!

How cool is this?

How cool?

I cannot believe this.

Surfing anybody?

We've got two official surfboards on the back of this thing, it's amazing.

So, back here, what do I see but a super-charged Cadillac North Star engine, paying homage, I'm a car girl, you know I love my motors.

Introduced in 1933, the North Star engine was regarded as General Motors most advanced and complex engine.

Double overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, and an aluminum design that produced up to 300 horsepower, which back in the early 2000s was considered some pretty serious stuff.

I mean, this is so dope.

The craftsmanship that went into this is just amazing.

It is the coolest thing to me to actually get to drive the life size version of this car and see where it started.

Let's get ready to roll, baby!

(car engine revs loudly)

All right!

Right off the bat, I feel the 300 plus horsepower of the Deora II.

The exhaust sounds like my race car.

Now let me tell you something, if this was my car, these two buttons up here would be for the nitrous, baby.

Typically, if you step on the gas of the car, you feel it kind of sit back on the rear, on here because of the steel tube chassis and they way it built and designed, you definitely don't feel that.

Now, the steering is a little different, a little awkward, but nothing you couldn't get used to.

And overall, it rides pretty good!

'Cause I definitely thought that it wouldn't ride this smooth with the 24's on it.

So we won't be doing any off roading or drag racing, but that's okay, she's a looker, she's a cruiser.

They lookin' at me baby, they lookin' at me!

I feel like a superstar in this car.

It is super cool.

I mean to be in a life size version of the Deora II right now is simply amazing.

This thing is absolutely the bomb

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I love it!

The Deora has thrived over the last 50 years because of the devotion of collectors.

This renewed interest in old cars like the Deora paved the way for this futuristic beach cruiser that I'm driving now.

Welcome to Matell's design center.

Come on in! Thanks for having me!

Thank you.

So I hopped over to Mattel to speak with Bruce Pascal, who spent the last three decades collecting, cataloging, and storing the rarest Hot Wheels cars and memorabilia in the world.

Well Bruce, you brought these amazing cars here for us to look at, and I know this one in particular 'cause I drove it here!

You did, you did, yeah!

The Deora II.

Absolutely.

Well, it's called the Deora II because we had the Deora I.

Right.

Now the Deora I is one of the first 16 cars.

We call it the Sweet 16, that came out in 1968.

The Deora I was actually designed by a guy named Harry Bentley Bradley, and it was a A100 Dodge Cab, made into a special car, and it won the Ridler Award in 1967 for being a custom car.

Okay.

But guess what else happened?

Harry Bentley Bradly worked for General Motors when he designed the car.

He went and became the first designer of Hot Wheels.

So, in order of the president of the company to see what cars they were going to make, he actually had to make a sketch.

This piece of paper you see right here was drawn in 1967, to show the president of Mattel, his name was Elliot Handler, to get approval saying, "Can we make this car?"

So talk about a rare piece of paper.

This is one of the rarest pieces of paper you can find in Hot Wheels' history.

So, how much would this be worth?

I sold another model, just like this, of a different model, the First 16, for $5,000.

(techno music plays)

So how does your collection differ from what I'm seeing here?

Well, 20 years ago, in 1999, my mom gave me the cars back from my childhood and I open up, all the cars were made in '68, '69, and '70, when I was that seven year old kid.

So I'v made my life challenge to search for those cars that came out at the same era of my childhood.

Oh my gosh! Okay!

And it's difficult.

You know what's even more difficult?

To find them in amazing shape, because us boys, hammers, firecrackers, and you know they made Hot Wheels in pink as we talked before.

Yep.

And that was the idea so girls would get involved.

But when a boy got the pink Hot Wheel, that was the first one that was smashed.

So what makes your collection so unique?

I know there's got to be other collectors, I know you have 3,500 Hot Wheels.

And the value is up there, I know somewhere around $1.5 million.

But what makes yours so diverse?

So I like to look for the cars that are really, really hard to find, and I like the associated paperwork that goes with it.

I think I have in my files the actual blueprints to make the molds to make these cars.

So the car you drove to get today, look at this model.

If we turn it over, do you notice something there?

Looks like a piece of wood.

Yeah.

This was hand carved from a piece of wood, so here's a perfect example of a rare car.

So, I own that and there's no others that exist.

So that is why I like to collect the super rare cars like this.

What's the craziest thing you've ever done to acquire one?

I was given the name of a former employee from the 1960s, and his name was kind of common, it wasn't John Smith, and I had to track him down because I heard a rumor that he had one of these 1969 Beach Bops, that's very valuable.

So, got on the internet.

I started with California, there was 428 people with that guy's name.

It took me six weeks when finally, somebody answered the phone and I said, "Are you the so and so that worked in Mattel back in 1969?"

And the guy goes, "Yeah, that was me."

So, he was one of these people if there was a problem in the factory in Hong Kong, he would have the car in his tool chest to pull out to say, "Oh, here's how you fix it," to make production work again.

Okay.

So many times, those people had the first cars that came off the factory lot.

So I said, "If you have this Volkswagen Bus, I will give you at least $10,000."

He says, "I think I have it, I just don't know where."

So I called him the next day, "I can't find it!"

Second day, "Can't find it!"

Finally, the wife answers, she goes, "Why didn't you ask me? I know where his toys are."

There you go.

They found it, called me back and they had one, we made a deal and let me tell you, I was excited but he was even more excited, 'cause he was just going to throw it away at a garage sale for one dollar one day.

Mattel makes toy cars and they make more cars than any real car company, and everything that's involved in a real car is involved in Mattel.

My eyes!

Okay, my favorite!

Do you know what this is?

No, you've got to tell me.

In 1969, Mattel came out with a Volkswagen bus, about 50 of these original versions of these small, what we call rear load Beach Bombs, are known to exist today.

The best one, is this one in pink, which item is now worth over $150,000, a toy car.

I mean I'm stunned at the fact that you have a one of one that's worth a $150,000.

How did you go about getting that?

It was about 20 years ago, and there was an ad in the newspaper and it said the rarest Hot Wheel in the world was for sale.

And that time, I had been a collector and if you collect anything, you always have a desire to have the best.

Right, absolutely.

I called my wife up, I said, "Amy, it's a little expensive, do you mind if I do something?"

And she says, "Whatever makes you happy."

And I got it and that car set me on a journey for 20 years of collecting and it's pretty cool.

Bruce, thank you so much for having me today.

I have something special for you, how about you get to drive the Deora II?

That is awesome!

Are you sure you're trusting me to drive?

I am.

I think we're ready to go, right?

There you go, look at you!

This is nothing!

Like a champ!

This doesn't drive like my alpha beta.

You are rolling!

The Deora's legacy has last over 50 years, and if Bruce is anything to go by, it'll easily last 50 more.

Not too many cars can boast that, can they? especially one that almost no one's driven on the open road till now.

Not too shabby, Hot Wheels!

(car engine revs loudly)

So, Nicole, you know you're this amazing race car driver.

But have you ever done the ultimate race?

Hot Wheel versus Hot Wheel?

No!

Okay, we're ready!

Choose your weapon.

Let's go. All right.

Are you ready?

I'm ready.

One, two, go!

Uh-oh!

Yeah!

I lost to Nicole! My god!

Unbeliev-- but it was close, though.

It was close! For a nov, its not so bad.

It was close!

Okay, let's go.