Here’s a list of rare Hot Wheels diecasts with sky-high prices you should keep an eye out for.
It’s been 53 years since Mattel released its first set of Hot Wheels diecasts. And to this day, these swanky little model cars remain one of the most sought-after collectibles for young and old. Although it still widely sells for less than a dollar, a few models demand a very high price tag. Sometimes even more than that of the full-size car it’s based on. And the price peaks if the model had an incredibly low production number and the car’s original packaging is still intact. So today we’ve compiled a list of rare Hot Wheels diecasts with sky-high prices that you should keep an eye out for.
Pink Volkswagen Beach Bomb Rear Loader
This rear-loading one-piece pink Volkswagen Beach Bomb is, to date, the rarest and most valuable Hot Wheels. At first glance, it looks like another pink bus that a child would love. But, what makes it so sacred is the fact that it is probably the only existing coin in the world. This pink Volkswagen is a pre-production model that never rolled off the production line because it was too narrow to fit in the Hot Wheels Super Charger playset. The few prototypes that were made were distributed to employees’ children, making this a very rare piece. The value of this Beach Bomb is $1,50,000.
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1970 The Mad Maverick
Similar to the Cheetah-based Python, the Mad Maverick is a rarity due to the few models made before Mattel realized the name had already been taken over by a competing car brand. The model was renamed Mighty Maverick but those with Mad Maverick engraved on them are now rare collectibles. It is said that there are only three base Mad Maverick cars and one unassembled, unpainted cast today. Models were last known to fetch $15,000 a piece.
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1968 Python Cheetah Base
Value: $10,000 or more
If you have a diecast that looks like the Python from 1968, be sure to check the base to see if it has Cheetah etched on it. If so, then congratulations, because you are going to be rich. Only 6 units of the 1968 Cheetah-based Pythons were produced. There was a trademark issue with the nickname Cheetah and as a result it was changed to Python. Each model is now valued at $10,000.
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1974 Blue Roger Dodger
The 1974 Blue Roger Dodger has a very interesting history associated with it. A certain Bob Parker once traded his Matchbox diecasts for Mattel diecasts from a collector in England. What he saw in one of the matching boxes prompted him to order more from the same shopkeeper. There were two Blue Roger Dodgers with a color unlike anything he had ever seen in the US market. The next box was supposed to contain four more cars. He began selling these rare models at a premium price while simultaneously ordering more from the trader. Under the assumption that he will get a few more in consecutive slots, he didn’t save one for himself. But, there were only seven models and all of them were claimed by collectors across the country. Due to this rarity, the model last sold for $6,000.
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1971 Purple odds 442
The 1971 Purple Odds 442 may be the cheapest on this list, but the price it still commands high given that the value factor of this particular model is its rare purple color. The purple 442 variant can be easily confused with its magenta counterpart which is relatively easier to find. The 442 is also available in salmon and hot pink color variations valued at $1,400 to $2,000.
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