Thursday, April 9, 2009

Retro Americana: join the Sledster super-streamliner queue here

Designer Luis Tanahara has quite a name in the diecast custom-design world, where he has worked for the likes of Hot Wheels and Jada Toys. He’s now struck out on his own, with the Sledster, an amazing take on a 1950s-era heavy hauler truck.

The Sledster is made to 1:64 scale, so matching the popular Hot Wheels vehicles. Even so, the retro truck measures nearly 10 inches (254 mm) long. It may be to Hot Wheels scale, but the Sledster is no toy – it’s a beautifully made limited-edition collector’s item. The low production runs are in various finishes, from two-tone maroon or hot-rod flames, to the upcoming bright red Fire Department truck shown here.

Sledsters come in handsome display cases, and are available from The Custom Crew at $59.99 USD plus shipping.