The 5 Most Expensive Hot Wheels Cars

Hot Wheels cars are one of the most beloved toys in the world. They’re a perfect gift for car lovers both young and old, they’ve been around forever, and they can be found just about everywhere. The designs are both realistic and a bit crazy-looking, so they’re suitable for almost anyone. With a typical price tag of less than a dollar, collecting Hot Wheels cars isn’t usually an expensive endeavor, which adds even more to their charm. But did you know that some Hot Wheels can be worth thousands of dollars?

We’ve compiled a list of Hot Wheels cars that are worth a pretty penny. The high cost comes from incredibly low production numbers, strange colors, limited distributions, and the fact that only a small percentage of them are still in their original packaging. (Have you ever known a kid to keep their toys in the box?) Rare Hot Wheels are worth much more if still in their original blister packaging, and of course you have to pay attention to condition.

1971 Olds 442 in Purple

1971 Olds 442 in Purple

While the regular 1971 Olds 442 Hot Wheels car is not necessarily a rare item, if you find one in purple you’ve got a gem on your hands. That’s unlikely though, because very few were made. Most 1971 Olds 442s were painted magenta, but purple cars can be worth as much as $5,000. The salmon or hot pink versions of the car are quite desirable as well, but only command prices of $1,400 to $2,000.

1968 White Enamel Camaro

4. 1968 White Enamel Camaro

The 1968 White Enamel Camaro is said to be the first Hot Wheels car ever made, and it is now incredibly rare. Good luck finding one loose, much less still in the original packaging. A loose version of the 1968 White Enamel Camaro can fetch as much as $2,500, and one still in the packaging would probably be considered priceless. Other 1968 Camaros can be quite pricy as well.

1970 Mighty Maverick with the “Mad Maverick” Base

 

This Hot Wheels car owes its value to a re-branding that happened right after it was released. Hot Wheels changed the name of the car from “Mad Maverick” to “Mighty Maverick,” but a handful of cars were shipped out as Mighty Mavericks but with the words “Mad Maverick” still engraved on the bottom. Due to rarity, the value of these cars is almost impossible to calculate.

1968 Python with the “Cheetah” Hong Kong Base

2. 1968 Python with the "Cheetah" Hong Kong Base

When this Hot Wheels car was first released, it was given the Cheetah name, but it was soon discovered that the name had been trademarked by a GM Executive for his Corvette-powered race car. The name was changed to Python, but a handful of Pythons were released with the name “Cheetah” on the metal base. Only a few of these Hot Wheels have ever been found, and they usually retail for at least $10,000.

1969 Pink Rear-Loading Volkswagen Beach Bomb

1. 1969 Pink Rear-Loading Volkswagen Beach Bomb

The most expensive Hot Wheels of all time is the 1969 Rear-Loading Volkswagen Beach Bomb in pink. There is only one that has been confirmed to exist, and it is owned by the biggest Hot Wheels collector in the world, Bruce Pascal. The car was a rejected prototype and never made it to mass production because it wouldn’t fit in a Hot Wheels Super Charger. Apparently, Pascal spent $72,000 to get his hands on this little toy car, making it the most expensive Hot Wheels car of all time.

 

15 thoughts

  1. Pink VW was a prototype bought from a HW designer. The original buyer sold it and bought a “full scale” Viper with his loot.

  2. I have a small collection of hot wheels raging the 1950’s to 1970’s. The muscle car era, just a few are prior to 1950. totaling about 300. Most of them are in the original packaging. How can l find out if they’re worth anything? Is there a wed site?

    1. You don’t have any HotbWheels from 1950, Hot Wheels came out in 1968. Matchbox are not the same and were out earlier.

    2. You don’t have any Hot Wheels from before 1968. Hot Wheels didn’t start until ‘68. You may have Matchbox cars or some other brands of toy cars from before ‘68.

  3. I am also a avid hot wheels collector and enjoy it! My collection is large but not as large as I would like! Or as valuable either but it’s all in the eyes of the beholder on the value! It’s awesome to know I’m not alone in this hobby! Ur collection is a dream collection just for the simple fact that u have that VW bus!!

    1. I’d love to see them because the white enamel we’re in store display cars and considered prototypes and never in packages. That’s why you don’t see them. So if you have them in packages you are lucky

  4. I have well over 10.000 hot wheels in the packages from the 60s to present I am collecting them for my son he is 6 every time I buy them I get duplicates so he can play with one and have one to keep I have been doing this from when he was born the ones from the 60s and 70s and 80s are still in the packages he will get all of them when he turns 18 years old and I hope he continues collecting hot wheels

  5. My girlfriend has a Red Baron with white interior. It is stamped 1969. Any ideas on value? She has had her collection since she was a kid.

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