Can A Hot Wheels Car Cost As Much As A Full Size Car?
It sure can. Here are six of the most expensive 1:64 Hot Wheels ever
Hot Wheels have been around for over half a century and almost everybody I know has a box of these little guys somewhere in their house. Most of them are common, mass-produced models but some are extremely rare. They might be one-offs, prototypes or limited edition Hot Wheels originals, and they are far more expensive than your average model. A mass-produced Hot Wheels car could cost less than a bottle of water, yet there are others that can cost hundreds of thousands! In the list below we explore some of the most rare and sought-after Hot Wheels of all-time in order from "cheapest" to most expensive.
6. 1931 Woody in Brown - $8000
Who knew brown is beautiful?
Almost any adult I know would say that $8,000 is an insane sum of money for a Hot Wheels car. But, crazy enough, this is actually cheap compared to other models on this list. This Redline Series brown 1931 Woody is incredibly rare, according to Hot Wheels experts (and yes, there experts in the field of Hot Wheels!). Interestingly enough, its color sets it apart. Only a dozen of these exist in brown.
5. 1971 Olds 442 in Purple - $12,000
Amost as exciting as the full size version
If you've ever seen a full size Oldsmobile 442 in person you know how exciting it is not only because of how it looks but how it sounds. If you are a diehard Hot Wheels fanatic and you see a 1:64 scale model 442 in purple, you'll probably wet yourself! That color wave was only made for one year and exclusively in Mattel's Hong Kong facility. The purple 442 is rare but there's always another Hot wheels model that is rarer.
4. 1969 Custom Charger in Brown – $13,000
The only person I ever knew who loved brown cars was my grandfather who had several in the 1970's. Two people I know who hate brown cars are my Dad (who had to ride in his Dad's brown cars) and me. So, who knew brown would be the reason so many of these Hot Wheels have appreciated so significantly? Here's another one. The Hot Wheels' 1969 Custom Dodge Charger was a very popular model and sold quite well. Brown ones are also monumentally rare, as only a handful are in existence. These brown Chargers can sell for $13,000, and are considered a prototype by collectors.
3. 1968 Chrome "Antifreeze Green" Camaro – $25,000
I've never seen a full size chrome green Camaro. Have you?
Everyone including me seems to love classic American muscle cars, especially in Hot Wheels form. Just like the Charger above, the 1968 Camaro sold nicely, even with its distinctive "antifreeze green" color wave. However, all antifreezes aren't created equally. There are many "normal" antifreeze Camaro but very few "chromed antifreezes," which is why their price tags are so different. One of these chromed bad boys can set you back as much as a full size car such as the 2020 Honda Fit ($17,600, varying upon location) plus one very, very nice steak and California Cabernet dinner and five star hotel stay. These chromed antifreeze Camaro were only for advertising purposes and were a prototype. Only 20 are known to exist.
2. 1968 Chrome Mustang – $40,000
This Hotwheels '68 Mustang costs around $4,500 more than a 2020 V8 Mustang GT!
Chromed 1968 Mustangs by Hot Wheels can set you back one pretty penny because they were only meant to star in adverts. The Mustang shown above is owned by a private collection and was never to leave the Mattel offices or be sold. How it got away from Mattel, we may never know but we do know that this chrome model is one expensive pony.
1. 1969 Rear-Loading Pink Beach Bomb – $175,000
That is one bright Bus
My father and I love a good VW Bus, but someone must really, and I mean REALLY, love the VW Bus, because the 1969 Rear-Loading Beach Bomb in pink sold for a mild boggling $175,000! To attempt to put that into perspective, our all-time most expensive Hot Wheels model cost as much as a used Rolls Royce! There is an interesting explanation for the outrageous price, though. This was a pre-production model that was determined by Mattel to be too top heavy to be a fun toy. It was also too narrow and was later redesigned so that it wouldn't tip over as easily. One of the prototype's coolest features was the rear-loading surfboards but those added to the high center of gravity. The redesigned model lost some of its cool with side mounting boards, but added the end-to-end plastic sunroof. Somehow, one of only two of the 1969 Rear-Loading pink Beach Bomb prototypes was in the possession of a Mattel employee for ages. Which would you rather have - the Beach Bomb or the used Rolls?
These Hot Wheels are some of the rarest and most expensive model cars ever produced and the prices will not likely drop any time soon. Kind of makes me want to look for things that are brown and pink. Where did I leave my Hot Wheels bin?
Disclaimer: sources include Automobile magazine and Car and Driver. Prices may vary depending upon the seller. All figures from Automobile's and Car and Driver's websites. All prices mentioned in USD ($).