Happy Easter, everyone!
The Hot Wheels ’59 Chevy Impala has been on hiatus for a few years, so I was excited to find this one at WalMart yesterday. It’s interesting that they are using the 2002 Bel Air retool (notice the B-pillar and the missing rear fender skirt) but calling it an Impala again. The metalflake green paint and old-school flames are really gorgeous. I was so inspired that I pulled out all of the many variations of this casting that I have in my collection and I’m including photos here.
The ’59 Chevy Impala casting made its first appearance in 1997 as this pink and orange model with gold lace wheels.
In 1998, the ’59 Impala was part of the Low ‘N Cool series. I also have the same car with a blue car on the package, instead of the red illustration pictured here.
I’m missing the Treasure Hunt car from 1999, and the one that came in the K-B Toys 2-pack. But I do have this white one and the Cop Rods version.
For 2000, I have the silver version as well as the black model on two different card designs.
In 2001, the ’59 Impala was one of the Monster Series, with appropriately creepy mummy deco.
For 2002, the ’59 Impala was deputized for the Wild Frontier series. Somehow – and I honestly can’t remember how – I landed a version from a factory sealed set as well as the standard issue off the pegs.
In 2003, the ’59 Chevy was retooled to include a B-pillar and the fender skirt was removed. The new casting was called the ’59 Chevy Bel Air and it made its debut in the Pride Rides series. This version wears PR5s, but it could also be found in lace wheels.
I also have the ’59 Chevy Bel Air from the 2009 Fire Rods series.
Finally, here’s a link to the ’59 Chevy Impala from the 2012 Hot Wheels Racing Stock Car series.
In 1980, Hot Wheels began to spice-up its line-up by offering a new variety of wheels in addition to blackwall tires. The CAT Dump Truck and CAT Wheel Loader – both new castings from that year – featured the first appearance of construction tires. Other reissues wore gold or silver Hot Ones wheels. One of the cars that looks the best in gold Hot Ones is the Hot Bird, maybe because the wheels are more like those found on the real Trans Ams of the time. I think this version from 1982 is sharper-looking than the blackwall variations.