Shout out to the 40 and above club! Remember that little diecast toy you used to play around with? Most of them didn’t cost much when they were brand new but apparently, the value of a few models is so much that people are willing to shed off a pretty penny off their bank accounts to own one.
You should probably start looking for the old Hotwheels and double check if it is in this list. There are a number of factors affecting the collectability and potential value for Hot Wheels. Probably the most prominent is the toy’s rarity; there might be an early prototype of something (which we barely even see). People on the market for expensive Hot Wheels should be wary of bad people who deceive buyers of rare toys. Like everything else, the condition is everything.
We would not want to buy a diecast toy car worth thousands of dollars but missing a wheel or two. The following 25 aren't missing much of anything and hold a great value. Enjoy folks!
25 1995 Collector No. 271 Funny Car- $3,500
With only 12 of these in existence, you could say that they are ultra-rare by anybody’s standards. The No. 271 Funny Car is most probably the rarest Hot Wheels car from the ’90s and is worth around $3,500 now but who’s to say that that number will not go up exponentially in the future?
As of about two years ago, there are only 7 that have been authenticated so that leaves only 5 original Funny Cars to be found and verified. They have to be in the original packaging though.
24 1970's Pink Rear-Loading Beach Bomb- $80,000 to $125,000.
There are only two Pink Rear-Loading Beach Bombs ever made which is exactly why they cost a lot more than your average entry-level luxury car. Soon after, Hot Wheels made 200 pieces of pink Beach Bombs but now the surfboards hang to the side instead of the rear but still, they are valued at $80,000 at least.
The reason why only one cast was made of the rear-loading Beach Bomb is that it was too top heavy which meant that they couldn’t go through a Hot Wheels track.
23 1971 Mutt Mobile- $2,500
Legendary Hot Wheels designer, Larry Wood was the one who created the Mutt Mobile and it was released by the company in 1971. There is actually a rear compartment that you can open and uncover two white dogs, hence, the name “Mutt Mobile.”
Along with the dog cages at the back, this toy also features a bare engine that seems to span the whole width of the toy car and long exhaust pipes between the front and rear wheels. The gold version is the more sought after Mutt Mobile of course.
22 1973 Blue Rodger Dodger- $8,000
Yet another creation by famed Hot Wheels designer, Larry Wood, you would not be able to miss the distinct paint job of the Rodger Dodger. Only 7 of these were made and sold in pristine condition Rodger Dodger will fetch you about $8,000 US today, though it might prove difficult to find nice examples of the toy since they were produced around the mid-70s.
There are rumors of the Rodger Dodger being only meant for the UK so the blokes across the pond should start scouring old boxes from their childhood.
21 1974 Magenta Rodger Dodger with White Interior- $3,000
Surprise! There is another Rodger Dodger in town but this one might be a bit more particular than the previous entry. The magenta colored Rodger Dodger must have a white interior otherwise it would be relatively common if it were black.
There is not much difference between the blue and the magenta Rodger Dodger except, well, for the color through the blue ones are valued slightly higher. In order to get a quick $3,000 off this toy though it has to be in great condition.
20 1974 Red Superfine Turbine- $2,500
If you think that the Superfine Turbine bears a distinct resemblance to the Mutt Mobile mention previously, then you are right on target. They both look the same because both were designed by the same person at around the same time in the early 70s.
Instead of a regular old combustion engine, our dear pal Larry put in an aircraft turbine to power the thingamabob. If it were real then it would have definitely packed quite a punch. We guess it’s up to our imagination to see the Superfine Turbine in action.
19 1968 Brown Custom Camaro – $3,000
Experts say that the brown Custom Camaros were only used for in-store displays exclusively. Very much like its rival sibling, the Custom Charger of the same color only produced a year apart, it has that certain muscle car charm that we all have come to know and love - the interior has to be white to be deemed valuable.
What is it with rare Hot Wheels diecast toys and white interiors eh? Both cars in real life are even comparable when it comes to performance.
18 1969 Brown Custom Charger – $13,000
Released during the golden age of the muscle car era, the 1969 Brown Custom Charger was selling like ice cream on a sunny day at the beach. It is thought to be a prototype due to its apparent rarity as some avid collectors would like to believe but it not being white or black is a rather discouraging fact against their assumption.
Anyway, if it really is not a prototype then at least it is an astonishingly unique production model (a rather classic one at that).
17 1968-1977 Purple Olds 442- $1,500 to $7,000.
The Olds 442 was released around the same time the Custom Camaro and the Custom Charger came out although the Olds 442 will be a lot more detailed with things such as a hood that you can open and a replica of the engine is also included.
We should also note that this diecast is the rarest casting from 1968 up until 1977. There are multiple colors of the Olds 442 but the purple ones are the rarest and arguably the best looking. Admittedly, this toy does look a bit like the Camaro and Charger.
16 1971 Red Olds 442 with Black Interior – $4,000
With fewer than 15 known to ever exist, there is no question why the Olds 442 with this particular color scheme is regarded with high value. This is because the ones with this color combination are actually anomalies from the factory; call it a divine intervention by an upper superior being in the sky or whatever but we sure are glad some anomalies happened.
With the amount of detail in these minuscule models, it is virtually impossible to perfect everything in the production line.
15 1972 Green Open Fire – $4,000
The AMC Gremlin is dubbed as one of the worst looking cars ever made; the Open Fire is merely a stretched out Gremlin but it looks as cool as your favorite action star walking towards the camera with a big explosion in the background.
It’s because of the massive V12 engine installed at the front that another set of wheels had to be added to balance out the toy. Paul Tam, the Open Fire’s eccentric designer, really let his imagination run wild with this one.
14 1968 Red Baron with White Interior- $3,000 to $4,000
If you think that the Red Baron’s roof has an uncanny resemblance to an infantry helmet from Germany, then you are right on the money. The Red Baron is actually named after a feared pilot from Germany, probably their most renowned ace.
Aviation and automobiles, what’s not to love about the Hot Wheels Red Baron? Mattel has put this design on and off multiple times through the years, this only proves how popular this particular toy is among the young and the young at heart.
13 1977 White Z-Whiz – $3,000
Any JDM follower with self-respect would be able to recognize this car from the get-go. It is, of course, the legendary Datsun Z Fairlady! What makes this toy so valuable is that it is the first import from Japan that Hot Wheels made a diecast toy out of and granted that a huge chunk of the automotive industry is connected to the Land of the Rising Sun, you would guess that its creation is kind of a big deal.
Hold on to your socks because this little package is valued at around $3,000.
12 1969 Ed Shaver Blue AMX- $4,000
There is quite a thin line between the regular blue AMX and the Ed Shaver AMX. The only difference is the graphic treatment; people would have to be extra careful and wary of the reproductions of the decals. If ever you come across a blue Ed Shaver AMX that looks like the sticker along the doors were only made yesterday, then it is probably fake and not worth much.
This particular model was only made for the UK which makes the thing even more special.
11 1968 Pink Beatnik Bandit – $5,000
If ever you find yourself holding on to a Beatnik Bandit with the extremely rare color of pink, then you should not let go of it; not unless you want to get at least $5,000 in cash, of course.
The Beatnik Bandit features a V8 engine front and center. Ed “Big Daddy” Roth was a cartoonist, custom car designer, pinstriper, illustrator, and artist that created the Beatnik Bandit series for Hot Wheels. He was a prominent figure in the world of hot rods and custom cars back in the day which makes his Hot Wheels toy collectible.
10 1977 Gold GMC Motorhome–$2,000
Thirty gold versions of the GMC Motorhome were given to big shot sales representatives in GMC. With only 30 pieces in existence, you could definitely say that these are incredibly rare and astonishingly hard to find.
Worth around a couple thousand bucks as of 2018, it is a good bet that the value of these gold GMC Motorhomes will slowly but steadily rise as time passes. In the unlikely event that they do decrease in value, you could always sell these toys for their weight in gold but where is the fun in that?
9 1970 Red Ferrari 312P with White Interior – $5,000
Most of the Ferrari 312P’s created at the Mattel facilities in Hong Kong and the United States came with black interior; only a handful of 312P’s were found with white interior. Right behind the driver sits the Hot Wheels toy’s V12 engine that would push out a lot of horses in real life out the exhaust pipes, prancing horses to be exact (Ferrari pun intended).
Its lines are that of a beautiful track car Ferrari and the designers truly outdid themselves with this work of art.
8 1971 Spectraflame Purple Bye Focal – $6,000
Were you any good in your art classes in school? Hot Wheels used numerous shades of the colors blue, purple, and magenta for the Bye Focal models and if you do not buy the right one with the exact color then that is $6,000 down the drain.
Aside from worrying about getting the color right, you also have to think about the inevitable “crumbling” of the toy car’s chassis. The Bye Focal’s engine is in totally unrealistic proportions but hey, nothing is impossible through our imagination!
7 1969 Brown ’31 Woody- $8,000
As you would expect, a Hot Wheels diecast toy worth $8,000 US would prove to be incredibly hard to find. Fanatical connoisseurs of Hot Wheels say that less than a dozen 1969 brown ’31 Woody’s were made and maybe a couple from that dozen were actually prototypes.
One look at this special toy and it is impossible not to recognize the allure of the model. We are not sure how accurate it is to the real thing but it does exhibit the same charisma.
6 1969 Mad Maverick Base on Mighty Maverick – $15,000
Mighty Mavericks are definitely one of the most abundant Hot Wheels models in distribution. However, the reason why the Mad Maverick is particularly valuable is that another company, a rival toy manufacturer by the name of Johnny Lightning, had already issued a toy of the same name which is a clear copyright issue from the get-go.
Hot Wheels hurriedly took off the name from its lineup of toys but a number was already bought by the public that still had “Mad Maverick” on the chrome base plate.
5 1968 Cheetah Base with Python Body-$10,000
Bill Cushenbery, a colleague of the late Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, created Dream Rod which was where Hot Wheels drew the inspiration for the Python from. Inside the absolutely massive company, it was called the Cheetah before being dubbed the Python.
It was never even released to the public but some units escaped the production facilities. Look at the bottom and you would right away see that these $10,000 toys were made in Hong Kong. The name change was apparently due to someone having dibs on “Cheetah” beforehand.
4 1968 Custom Volkswagen Without Sunroof- $1,500
Chances are you have probably seen a VW Beetle at least once in your whole life and they are generally known to be humble, small, and for the masses kind of vehicle so a V8 swap in a Beetle is as far-fetched as it can get.
A nice example of this Hot Wheels toy might get you a cool $1,500, if and only if you got one without a sunroof. We assume the rarer colors such as green, orange, red, and copper might even fetch you a lot more.
3 1968 Over Chrome Camaro – $25,000
This lime colored Camaro is so unique that only 20 of these are known to exist (maybe there are more in another dimension but let’s just stick to ours). Interestingly enough, this particular Hot Wheels toy was actually made as a decoration for the holidays and was marketed as such which gave sales quite a nice boost.
People really need to look out for restored pieces of these toys being that any new work done to them would drastically reduce the value and deem it void of any character.
2 White Enamel Camaro- $2,500
Just a handful of these early prototypes were made. This Custom Chevrolet Camaro is the first toy car Hot Wheels ever put up for sale (and quite a stir did it make). Everything is white on the toy because people at Hot Wheels had to check for imperfections after manufacturing and either a monotone black or white would make the job easier and accurate.
Yes, there is a black version of the prototype and it is definitely safe to say that finding one would make you richer by maybe a small fortune at least.
1 Diamond Encrusted- Starting price $140,000
It is covered in diamonds, of course, it is expensive. This car seems as if it was bathed in scrambled eggs and smothered in diamonds. Absolutely nothing was spared in the creation of this $140,000 toy. Its frame is even made out of 18-karat white gold! Of the 2,700 diamonds, 40 are white diamonds which represent the years in Hot Wheels’ legacy.
If you look closer, even the interior is encrusted with black diamonds as if to replicate the color of a dark-colored interior fabric. Brake lights are red. You know what else is the same color? Red rubies, the toy’s brake lights are rubies.
Sources - The Gamer & Car & Driver