In 1988, celebrating their 20th Anniversary, Hot Wheels released a series of 12 special collector’s edition 3-packs. Each three pack included two mainline models from previous years as well as a chrome- or gold-plated car with the 20th Anniversary logo embedded in the casting.
The Hot Wheels Ferrari Testarossa was first released in 1987 and has been produced in about 38 different variations up to 1998. This nice example of the chrome 1988 20th Anniversary release is another of my Wichita eBay scores.
The Hot Wheels Race Bait 308 was first released in the 1978 Flying Colors series. It was produced in about 26 different variations – with various names such as Quick Trik, Street Beast and Ferrari 308 GTB – until the casting was retired with the 2004 Final Run series. That first year, the Race Bait 308 could be found with either a black plastic or metal base. This nice example of the metal base variation is another of my Wichita eBay scores.
The coolest new release from Hot Wheels in 2019 was the ’64 Nova Wagon Gasser. I’ve done my best to nab each of the now 8 variations of this great casting and have recently added a few more. The latest issue is found in the 2022 HW Exposed Engine 5-pack – a fun assortment which also includes the Fiat 500C, the ’68 Gas Monkey Corvette, the Bone Shaker and Rigor Motor. My buddy, Brad, scored one of these 5-packs so he could add to his collection of the Rigor Motor, and he sent me the ’64 Nova Wagon Gasser. It features a nice magenta paint scheme with Hot Wheels Gasser Club livery.
Hot Wheels | HFV90 | 2022 (loose from) HW Exposed Engine 5-Pack | ’64 Nova Wagon Gasser | magenta with orange and silver HW Gasser Club tampo, light blue tint windows, chrome plastic interior and engine, black plastic base | Indonesia | silver 5-spoke wheels
This fun blue variation is from the 2021 Hot Wheels Race Team series and is another item my friend, Brad, sent me.
Hot Wheels | GRY24 | 2021 HW Race Team 7/10 | ’64 Nova Wagon Gasser | blue with orange, red, yellow and white trim, light blue tint windows, chrome interior and engine, black plastic base | Malaysia | gray 5-spoke wheels
I visited my favorite vendor at the Westway Marketplace flea market the other day and came across the light green variation of the ’64 Nova Wagon Gasser from the 2020 Muscle Mania release.
Hot Wheels | GHF17 | 2020 Muscle Mania 2/10 | ’64 Nova Wagon Gasser | light green with black, yellow and white trim, clear windows, chrome interior and engine, black plastic base | Malaysia | dark gray 5-spoke wheels
The Chevrolet Lumina APV (All Purpose Vehicle), produced from 1990 to 1996, was Chevrolet’s first front-wheel drive minivan. Responding to the success of Chrysler’s front-wheel drive first-generation minvans, General Motors created the Pontiac Trans Sport concept in 1986, which was then developed into the Lumina APV (as well as the Oldsmobile Silhouette and the Pontiac Trans Sport production minvan.)
The Dodge Viper is a two-seat sports car manufactured by Chrysler between 1992 and 2017 (although not continuously). It featured a tubular steel frame and fiberglass body panels. Powered by a V10 engine, the first generation SR I could accelerate from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 165 mph.
In 1986, Hot Wheels introduced the Speed Demons, a series of creature cars that were inspired by the stuff of nightmares. Vampyra is a blood-sucking hot rod bat and was among the original first six Speed Demons castings. These models seem to be either loved or hated, but Vampyra went on to be produced in about 25 different variations, appearing most recently in the 2018 Street Beasts series. This black version with no tampo on the wings is the Collector #166 from 1995 and another of the blue cards I picked up back in February from the Facebook Marketplace.
The BMW E31 was the first generation 8 Series grand tourer built from 1990 to 1999. The front-engine, rear-wheel-drive 2-door coupe was powered by either a V8 or V12 (850i) engine with either a 4- or 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.
The Pontiac Fiero, which featured composite panels and hidden headlamps, was the first mid-engine sports car mass-produced by a U.S. manufacturer. It was built by GM for the 1984-1988 model years. The Fiero was on Car and Driver‘s Ten Best list and was also named the official pace car of the Indianapolis 500 in 1984.
The Hot Wheels Pontiac Fiero 2M4 made its debut in the 1985 Hot Wheels The Hot Ones series. It has been produced in about 27 variations up to as recently as 2013. The 1992 Collector #181 was light green with gold glitter flakes and could be found with either Ultra Hot wheels (click here to see my example) or with Hot Ones wheels as you see here. I scored this example back in February when I picked up several Collector Number Hot Wheels from a local seller on the Facebook Marketplace.
The Hot Wheels ’32 Ford Delivery is a very popular casting that was first released in the 1989 Classics series. It has been produced in over 70 variations, most recently included in the 2014 HW Road Trippin’ series. This yellow model with blackwalls and Hot Wheels Delivery tampo is the 1989 first casting and another car I added to take advantage of combined shipping when I scored the Oshkosh Cement Mixer on eBay.
The Hot Wheels Gulch Stepper was first released in 1985. The Larry Wood designed off-roader has been produced in about 25 variations up until it was included in the Final Run series of 2001. This red model with fun racing livery was a car I added to take advantage of combined shipping when I scored the Oshkosh Cement Mixer on eBay.