We have always admired the hoarders of cars be it a vintage car or supercars. In our eyes, those who worship cars like us and treat them like a family are greater beings. Getting inspired from the same, all of us have begged as kids to get the scaled models and make our very own collection. The kid next block whose dad brought that Mercedes scaled model was the most famous of all while all the others contented themselves with the miniatures they bought from regular shops. And then came the HOT WHEELS. The god of all car racing collectibles. The cars, the tracks and the fun, it wasn't just any other car collectible, it was everything a young car enthusiast has ever wanted.
The relationship of Men and Cars seems to run deep. And why not? As they say, "Without the rain there would be no rainbow". Without our obsession for hot wheels, we would not have been fascinated by the real luxury cars. Most of us already have a substantial collection of these cars, tucked away in some corner of our houses.
This car was probably the first Hot Wheels produced by Mattel in 1968. It is a very rare find and you're most likely not going to find one very easily, let alone one in a sealed pack. Evident from the fact that this car is the third rarest Hot Wheels car to exist. Although not one of the flashier hot wheels that were made, but this was a true representation of what the guys at Mattel were trying to do.
This was a replica of the US Custom Volkswagens, these were made in Hong-Kong around 1968. Available to customers all over the European continent, the majority of sales were in Germany and the UK. Most of these came with a Blue body, with the exception of a few Aqua, Orange and Yellow ones.
This Ed Shaver AMX was another rare favorite, which was exclusively made for sale in the UK. Only ever produced in Blue, it was a replica of Ed Shaver's racecar. Mattel sponsored Shaver, with the company decals on his racecar, this replica Hot Wheels were sold at the racetracks wherever he used to race. A part of the "Exclusive Racing Car Series" pack, this is undoubtedly one of the most popular die-cast replica to have ever been produced.
Mattel, in 2008, wanted to get a tad bit flashy, to show the world just how huge the Hot Wheels brand had become over the years. For this mission, Jason Arasheben, a celebrity jeweler was brought in to make a showstopper car for their 40th business anniversary. And Jason did come through with about 2,000 multi-colored diamonds studded on the entire body of the car. An extensive project that took about 600 hours to complete, but was completely worthwhile.
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