The ’65 Impala has been in the Hot Wheels lineup since 1998, so it has seen a few variations over the years. I thought I had about all of them (mostly still in the original packages) so I was a little surprised to come across one that I didn’t recognize at a garage sale yesterday. It has a few paint chips and the roof is pretty scuffed-up, but I had to take it home anyway. A little bit of research revealed that it is from the 2009 Holiday Hot Rods 3-Pack, which was sold exclusively at Target. This explains the snowflake motif on the sides and hood.
Here’s another bubbletop Chevy, the ’62 Bel Air hardtop, which first appeared in the Hot Wheels lineup in 2004. Though technically not an Impala, I can’t resist including these striking Chevys in my collection. I have several, and this gold beauty is one of the nicest.
2012 Muscle Mania – GM | ’62 Chevy | metal flake gold with red and silver stripe | MC5 wheel
[Four months later] I wandered into a Dollar Tree earlier this week and picked up the metallic blue version of this same car. Also, below you can see photos of a few other ’62 Chevys from my collection. And, I changed my mind. I decided the spectraflame blue version below from the Hot Wheels classic series is the nicest of the bunch. Which one is your favorite?
2012 Muscle Mania – GM | ’62 Chevy | metalflake blue/red, silver stripe | MC5 wheel
2008 All Stars | ’62 Chevy | metallic green with black and white stripe | PR5 wheels
2008 All Stars | ’62 Chevy | pearl white with dark blue and blue stripe | PR5 wheels
2006 Hot Wheels Classics Series 2 | ’62 Chevy Bubble Top | spectraflame blue with white stripes | white line 5SP wheels
I was excited to discover a new Impala casting from Hot Wheels this year and I think the ’61 is a fine choice. The third generation of the Impala was a more boxy design, but it still had a just a hint of the fin from previous years combined with the gorgeous bubbletop roofline.
I didn’t know anything about this car until I saw it in the Hot Wheels Sneak Peeks several weeks ago. I recognized what I thought was the front end of a late 60s Nova, but was confused about the back half of the car. The generic name “Chevrolet SS” didn’t offer any clues, so I had to do a little research to figure out exactly what this was. GM manufactured the Opala – the name derived by combining Opel and Impala – in Brazil from 1969 until 1992. The car was popular because of its reliability and easy maintenance and was used for everything from police cars to taxis to race cars. Later models look much less like anything related to a Chevrolet, but I’m going to gladly display this one along side my many Novas and Impalas.
2012 New Models | Chevrolet SS (Opala) | green with black and white tampo | 5SP wheels
Garage sale season has been a little slow for me so far this year, in part because my son’s t-ball games have cut into our usual Saturday morning garage saling. So I was glad I did manage to find something today. This Superfast Matchbox is showing some wear and tear, but the “Toyman” tampo is holding up fairly well.
An older brother of mine used to have a field full of future project cars. Among them was a ’63 or ’64 Chevy Impala and a Chevrolet Biscayne wagon of the same year. There is something about the long straight lines on these cars that really gives me a thrill. My brother sold off those cars before he ever got a chance to fix them up. But I was lucky to come across a Hot Wheels Chevy 5-Pack the other day and I bought it just for this beautiful ’63.
Here’s another nice Impala – this one a ’64 that was in the 2010 Exclusive 10-Pack. I love the low profile and wheel skirts.