Ever thought you’d have the opportunity to drive a ‘real’ Hot Wheel? You’ll have your chance next year when for the first time the maker of Hot Wheels and Chevrolet have combined efforts to produce a real, life-sized Hot Wheel.
This effort will be a limited edition (Hot Wheels Camaro) available as a trim package for $6,995. It’s been stated that this car will only be built during the first quarter of 2013 with no specific number set to be sold. This package option will be available on both the V-6 and V-8 powered Camaro cars. Some of the features for this life-sized Hot Wheel car will be:
Black center stripe
Red-line trimmed 5-spoke rims
Blue flame decals on rear fenders
Red Hot Wheels logo inside and out
Camaro ZL1-style grille and spoiler
Black lower bodywork extensions
Wondering why they’re doing something like this? Answer: 2013 is the 45th anniversary of the launch of the very popular Hot Wheels. The first sixteen cars produced back in 1968 – often referred to as the ‘Sweet sixteen’ are still highly sought after by collectors today.
The two cars pictured above are part of this 1968 original legendary group. They are the Custom Mustang and the Custom Camaro.
Both of these two classic Hot Wheels feature the following characteristics:
Metal bases with plastic interior
Came in assorted colors (Camaro- Metallic Green; Mustang – Metallic Blue)
Had a lift hood and plastic interior
There were a couple of variations to these original cars. First variation was to the scoops where the raised, molded scoops on the hood came in two styles. In the first style, the scoop was solid – no true opening. In the second, the scoop actually had open holes. Second variation was to the back window on the Mustang. One version had the back window smooth ‘glass’, the other had a ‘louvered’ window.
Some other variations to look for when buying are those you will find in the Hong Kong versions of these models. Certain Hong Kong cars had a flat dashboard and a large black steering wheel, while the US version had a raised dashboard and a small steering wheel.
With so many variations and colors, you’ll also find there is a wide range of values assigned to the different cars.
The complete list of the ‘Sweet Sixteen’ 1968 Hot Wheels are:
The best reference I’ve found so far for Hot Wheels is Tomart’s Price Guide to Hot Wheels: Volume 1: 1968 – 1996. To purchase this price guide, click on the highlighted name.