Just about every kid knows about Hot Wheels cars but it's hard to believe that many of these cars could be collectors' items with immense worth. The majority of these rare and hard-to-find cars were made throughout the late 1960's and early 1970's, with a few exceptions. The team at Netcars.com has assembled a list of the ten rarest Hot Wheels cars ever produced. If you have one of these, then count yourself lucky. The 1969 Pink Volkswagen Beach Bomb (Rear-Loading) is perhaps the rarest Hot Wheels car of them all.
The majority of these rare and hard-to-find cars were made throughout the late 1960's and early 1970's, with a few exceptions. The team at Netcars.com has assembled a list of the ten rarest Hot Wheels cars ever produced. If you have one of these, then count yourself lucky.
1. 1969 Pink Volkswagen Beach Bomb (Rear-Loading)
This one is perhaps the rarest Hot Wheels car of them all, with only two known to be in existence. In fact, it is so rare that the current owner reported purchasing it for a cool $72,000.
2. 1968 Hong Kong Base "Cheetah" Base Python
The initial release of the Python was slated to be named the "Cheetah" but the name was already taken by GM executive Bill Thomas' famous race car. As a result, there are only a handful of these cars in existence and they're worth approximately $10,000.
3. 1968 White Enamel Camaro
This relatively non-descript Camaro was reportedly the first Hot Wheels car ever produced and extremely hard to find. It's worth $2,500, if you can find one.
4. 1970 "Mad Maverick" (Mighty Maverick Base)
This car was originally called "Mad Maverick" but was released later on as the "Mighty Maverick," this particular car is among the rarest of the lot.
5. 1970 Red Baron with White Interior
Only ten of these Red Barons are thought to be in existence. There are also a few prototypes around with a black base and no decals. If you find one, it's worth approximately $3,000 to collectors.
6. 1968 Custom Volkswagen (Sans Sunroof)
The first Hong Kong casting for the Custom Volkswagen didn't feature a sunroof like later castings. It was also sold only in Europe. The parts used for this car and the later Flying Colors Custom Volkswagen are distinct and non-interchangeable.
7. 1970 Ed Shaver AMX (Custom)
This car was sold as a UK-exclusive based on the real-life Ed Shaver AMX race car. What makes this car rare is the inclusion of a decal sheet and the distinctive 1970 U.K. Exclusive Racing Car Series blister pack. The value of the complete package is around $4,000.
8. 1974 Blue Rodger Dodger
Blue is an unusually rare color for this Rodger Dodger and there were thought to be only seven in existence, all of them currently owned by collectors.
9. 1971 Purple Olds 442
Purple is a very rare color for this car, since the vast majority of these models were given magenta paint. If you get your hands on one, it could be worth up to $5,000. Other notably rare colors include salmon and hot pink.
10. 1995 Collector Number 271 Funny Car
Once again, it's the blister pack that makes this car a rarity. Only 12 of these Hot Wheels were packaged on what is known as the Hot Wheels blue card. They featured the white Collector Number 271. Today, there are only six examples left that are still in their blister packs. Without it, you'd end up with a 50-cent car. With the pack, however, you have a $2,500 to $3,500 treasure on your hands.
A special thank you to the team at Netcars.com, the UK's fastest growing used car classified website for contributing this superb article. It certainly has rolled back the years to some great childhood memories.