Of billions of mass-produced Hot Wheels vehicles, there are a few that are worth more than you can imagine. Some of these collector’s goldmines look amazing while others could be just another car in his collection.
Depending on the year, the designer, the prototypes straight from the factory or simply based on iconic cars – the most valuable Hot Wheels cars aren’t necessarily what you’d expect. Some are based on movies, shows, or something real life, while others were some of the first created and sold. Check out the best of the best here.
Updated June 30, 2022 by Gabrielle Huston: Like all collectibles, Hot Wheels gain in value over time. So it only makes sense that we take some time to update this article with the rarest Hot Wheels that exist on Earth.
ten super rare
Officially known among Hot Wheels chefs as Hot Wheels Collector Number 271 with a blue card, there are only 12. Released in 1995, Collector Number 271 is probably the rarest Hot Wheels model car from the 90s.
Collector Number 271 is worth around $3,500. The only problem is that if you don’t have the packaging, it can’t be verified as genuine. There are fake packaging versions too, so don’t be happy if you see one on eBay. In 2016, only about 7 were officially authenticated, leaving five Hot Wheels Collector Number 271 cars out there that might be gathering dust in your storage area. If you left it in the package.
9 Pink beach bomb
Known in the Hot Wheels community as the 1969 pink rear-loading Volkswagen Beach Bomb, there are only two of them. Property of Bruce Pascal, the Pink Beach Bomb was scrapped and modified after a single casting. Hot Wheels then made about 200 Beach Bombs (designed by Ira Gilford) which instead featured the surfboards on the side. The vehicle was still deemed too heavy, as it could not cross a Hot Wheels track.
All Beach Bombs are rare models, priced around $80,000 to $125,000. Back in the ’70s, Hot Wheels track sets and superchargers were hot sellers. The Pink Beach Bomb failed to make it through the sets, leading to other patterns. The surfboards have been moved to the side and a large square piece of strong metal has been cast in the middle of the base – to hold the weight of the van.
Hot Wheels cars rarely break the $100,000 mark, but the diamond encrusted car is not an everyday toy vehicle. It is the most expensive toy car ever made. Starting at a price of around $140,000, the diamond-encrusted car has an 18k white gold frame, as well as 2,700 various blue, black and white diamonds. The underside of the Hot Wheels car is painted with spectraflame blue paint and the brake lights are made from cut red rubies.
The diamonds on the car weigh 23 carats and alone are worth $140,000. Of the 2,700 diamonds, there are 40 white ones. Each white diamond represents a year in Hot Wheels heritage. The car itself was designed to commemorate the production of the 4 billionth Hot Wheels vehicle manufactured.
seven Rodger that crook
Based on the 1973 Dodge Charger SE with a triple opera window option, This Hot Wheels Rodger Dodger car was designed by Larry Wood. Early versions had a metal base and capped red lines on the back only. The Rodger Dodger reused the same base from a previous version, named Show-Off. On rare models you may find the Show-Off name partially bleeding the deletion plate. There is another rare version from 1974 which has a white interior.
The rarest version of all, however, would be the blue-painted Rodger Dodger. Produced in the mid-1970s, only 7 blue Rodger Dodgers exist. Rumored to be a UK exclusive, these seven rare Hot Wheels will sell for around $8,000.
6 purple mania
The Olds 442 is a Hot Wheels cast designed by none other than Larry Wood, which debuted in 1971. Based on the design of a 1970 Oldsmobile 442, this Hot Wheels car is the rarest cast from the Redline era (1968-1977). Even cars in poor condition are still wanted.
The rarest of all is the purple Olds 442. A Purple Olds 442 will sell for $1,500 to $7,000.
The Olds 442 features an opening hood and includes a detailed engine underneath. The Olds 442’s glass ranges from clear to a light light blue tint, and it was originally packaged with a decal sheet of white stripes with stars. The Olds 442 also comes with a metal or plastic collector’s button.
5 shooting ace
In 1968, Monogram (owned by Mattel at the time) released the Red Baron. Rumor has it that the car was inspired by the cartoon Peanuts; specifically, Snoopy’s imaginary battles with the Red Baron. The original was a model kit of a stylized hot-rod with a World War I German infantry helmet and an iron cross pattern on the radiator. The version released in 1970 by Hot Wheels is one of the most popular and memorable cars of all time.
Its estimated value is around $3,000 to $4,000. The original Red Baron featured capped redline wheels, spectraflame red paint and a pointed spike on the helmet. It was packaged with a collectible metal or plastic button. Some versions of the 1970 Red Baron were found with a white interior instead of black. Only a handful are known.
4 Pimp AMX
Commonly known as the Custom AMX, this Hot Wheels car was originally released in 1969. The Custom AMX was manufactured only in the USA, featuring a white interior. Most cars were fitted with silver redline wheels, while later versions featured chrome capped redline wheels. Various productions have even produced a mix of the two. It also comes with a metal collectible button. But the normal custom AMX is not where the money is.
The 1970 Ed Shaver Custom AMX costs around $4,000. Sold only in the UK, the Ed Shaver Custom AMX was a sponsored version of the real deal. The only difference is in the stickers. Authenticity requires proof that the decals were purchased with the Hot Wheels car. After 41 years, the Custom AMC AMX was revamped in 2010 as part of Red Line Club membership.
3 On the road once more
Released in 1977 as part of the Flying Colors series, the GMC motorhome was designed by Bob Rosas and Larry Wood. It debuted in the 6-pack Truckin’ Machines with red lines. Rosas had contacted GMC with a build request. GMC agreed to send the blueprints if they got 30 gold builds in return.
The estimated value of the Gold GMC motorhome is around a few thousand dollars. The 30 Gold versions have been given to sales representatives. They are extremely rare. This model’s casting was also used with the Hot Wheels Airport Transportation and Captain America Van. In 2009 it was released as a scavenger hunt. In total, there are a good twenty versions or adaptations of the GMC Motorhome by Hot Wheels.
2 purring cheetah
The Hot Wheels Python is one of 16 original Hot Wheels die-cast models that Mattel released in the spring of 1968. The very first products were made in Hong Kong. They were given the name Cheetah Python. But GM chief executive Bill Thomas already had a Cheetah name attached to his Cobra Killer model.
The Cheetah Python is worth at least $10,000. Only a few were made before the name was changed. These Hot Wheels Cheetah were all red in color. The public was never meant to know about the Cheetah, but a few escaped the production plant, becoming legend. The Python is based on a dream car designed by Bill Cushenberry. Dean Jeffries was the designer of Hot Wheels.
1 First Hot Wheel ever made
It’s no secret to anyone in the Hot Wheels community that the first redline cars have a mysterious history. The Custom Camaro, however, was the first Hot Wheels car to be released to the public. The white enamel is a prototype and is extremely rare. The reason the Camaro is white for the manufacturer checks for imperfections. Typically, a factory would paint the prototype white or black to check for issues.
Only a few custom white enamel Camaros were released. If you come across one, it is very likely that it is in poor condition, but will still be worth a minimum of $2,500. So far, no black version has been discovered. If anyone was able to get their hands on the actual blister, well – let’s just say it’s so rare it doesn’t even have a value.
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