Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Porsche Votec Steve McQueen Edition bike?

What the heck is this!?! I was surfing eBay for Porsche bikes (which I do way too often) when I found this Porsche Bike FS for sale all the way from Budapest, Hungary. This Bike FS appears to be either a custom or limited run Votec made mountain bike with a Gulf/Steve McQueen livery. 

Translating the eBay listing from German to English it says: Used but in a good condition. See pictures. Paint has got traces of use but a protective layer.

I have never seen a Bike FS painted like this. But I continue to run into old Porsche bikes I was unaware of. The last one ended up being a custom paint job. This one I'm not so sure. I'll do some more research. But I'll say one thing, this is super cool!

Here are the spec from the eBay listing:

Seat tube: Votec
Brake: Magura Luisi
Handlebar: Votec alu
Suspension fork: Votec GS4
Crank: Shimano XT
Transmission: Shimano XT / 3x9-speed /
Chains: Shimano XT
Damper: Fox Float R
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite Titanium Porsche Gulf Edition
Rims: Spengle Carbon Disc Brake 26 inch
Rubber: swallow nobby nic evo

Hot Wheels Gulf 917

It seems Hot Wheels is on a roll these days with new Porsche models. The latest this year is the Gulf Porsche 917 LH. The Porsche 917 LH is the long tail (Langheck in German) version of the famous Le Mans winning 917K (Kurzheck or short tail).

Hot Wheels produced a 917K some years ago and I have a #2 Gulf livery version. So when Hot Wheels announced a Gulf #18 917 LH delivering in 2018 I was stopping by Toys R Us weekly until it finally arrived.

The new 917 LH model is extremely cool. The shape and casting of this 1:64 scale race car is fantastic and period-accurate back to 1971 to the last detail. The rear wheel covers and long tail with rear wing are all there - features on the actual 1971 high-speed LH version. My only concern is the light blue and red/orange color from the Hot Wheels 917K to the 917 LH isn't consistent. The 917 LH is a little lighter. But I'm not complaining, I'm just happy companies are making so many 1:64 scale Porsches to add to my ever-growing collection!

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