Thrifty Vette: Hot Wheels 100% 1998 Chevy C5 Corvette Roadster

Once again, Goodwill fails to disappoint.

The familiar, famous "Smiling G" logo of Goodwill Industries International.

The familiar, famous "Smiling G" logo of Goodwill Industries International.

Ah, Goodwill. The place where society's material rejects go to find new homes, a source of job assistance/employment for those with barriers to conventional employment, the hot spot for the young and hip to shop after being looked at as for rednecks and poor people for so many years, and commonly believed to be a Coronavirus superspreader (though my local stores are very vigilant about masks, distancing, sanitation, and quarantining donations for the lifespan of the virus outside the human body). Not a lot of folks seem to find anything good at Goodwill in the way of diecast, but I've had about a decade of consistent good luck with amazing diecast/model vehicle, hobby literature & diorama finds from there and other thrift stores.

The subject of this article is a 1998 C5 Corvette roadster from a Corvette Showcase 2-car set, that was packaged when new with a Marina Blue & white '67 "midyear" 427 Coupe. It's a little dusty, but none the worse for wear for being donated to a thrift store and bagged up with a bunch of other castings.

Hot Wheels 100%'s, and other premium multipiece HW's such as the "Oil Can"/Showcase cars, RLC cars, and Legends series, have long been favored by LaLD members and staff, nice examples of the 100%/Legends/Oilcans are appreciating in value while damaged/playworn ones are sought after as parts donors for customizers, and they are just plain amazing diecast. I buy every one I see that isn't priced through the roof.

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Comments (4)

  • Nice. Great model with nice detailing of the Corvette logo etc.

      1 month ago
  • Nice! You've inspired me to gather all my recent thrift store treasures and post them. Haven't done that in a while. Thrift stores are about the only place left where I can find used diecast these pandemic days.

      1 month ago
  • Nice find!!

      1 month ago
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