Ever since I bought a Hot Wheels Odd Rod that was missing its windshield, I’m a lot more careful about buying cars on eBay that are missing parts. Usually, with just a little bit of research, I can familiarize myself enough with a model to make sure it’s not missing anything. Or not.
I was happy to have landed this 1982 Hot Wheels Top Eliminator for a pretty good price. But it wasn’t until I had it in my hands that I realized it was missing the entire tan plastic interior and roll cage. In my defense, I am more familiar with Hot Wheels funny cars like the Army Funny Car or Vetty Funny, in which the engine, seat and roll cage are cast right into the metal base. Not so with Top Eliminator, which has only the engine cast into the base. In fact, in addition to the plastic seats, the model also has (or should have) a plastic insert at the front of the chassis which can be used to prop the body in its tilted up position.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, this is the first Hot Wheels Top Eliminator I’ve added to my collection. The casting originated in 1970 as Snake – Don “Snake” Prudhomme’s Plymouth Barracuda funny car. It was also released as Snake II in 1971 (white enamel) and 1973 (yellow enamel). Reissued in 1974 as Top Eliminator, the model can be found in about 10 more variations, including dark enamel blue, gold chrome and this enamel red version from 1982.