I’ve had a Hot Wheels Super Van since I was a kid. So when this nice 2008 Convention car showed up as the HWC Thursday Hot Deal back in October, I snatched one up. The Super Van was first released in 1975 but was retooled in 2003 and has also been called the ’70s Van. The Collectors Nationals was held in Chicago in 2008 and this convention car was limited to 10,000 pieces.
I have my wife trained pretty well. She was helping a friend shop for a bed when they stopped at a consignment store. The store was stocked almost entirely with furniture, but they had a few bins of Hot Wheels they had acquired from a collector. My wife spied an Impala in this 5-pack from 2000 and picked it up for me.
I like all of the other cars in the pack, so I decided to keep it intact. I already had the blister card version of the ’65 Impala, which is pretty striking in its metalflake green paint and gold chrome plastic base.
Majorette cars were first produced in France in 1964 by the Rail-Route company, which began in 1961 as a manufacturer of model railways. By 1967 the company was known as Majorette and it quickly became France’s largest model car manufacturer by revenue. In 1980, Majorette acquired Solido, the famous manufacturer of collectible models, and Majorette USA was established in 1982. In 1987, production was moved to Thailand and financial troubles in the 1990s caused a series of takeovers and a retreat from the U.S. market. The Majorette brand survives today as part of the Simba-Dickie Toy Group, with production split between China and Thailand.
Of all the cars from the RR collection, this Citroen Dyane Raid is probably my favorite. I love all of the details and decoration on the car. I also like that it’s still sealed in its original package, though the card and blister are both creased and worn.
This nice Citroen Ambulance still has intact plastic flags and the plastic opening rear door.
This Lamborghini Countach from 1983 is still in its blister tray. When I realized the reusable package had been opened, I took the car out and re-photographed it.
A guy down the street from me owns a ’63 Chevy II and I always enjoy seeing and hearing it rumble down the street when he takes it for a spin. Fortunately, Hot Wheels decided to include the ’63 Chevy II in the HW Flames series. I’m not sure my neighbor – whose car is black – would approve of this pink, yellow and orange paint scheme, but I think it looks pretty sweet. The Super Treasure Hunt version has 5-spoke mags, Real Rider tires and Spectraflame Magenta paint.
I’ve also recently found the metalflake dark red variation of the 2016 Muscle Mania Chevy II, which first appeared in dark blue paint.
When we were visiting my wife’s family in Canada back in July, I picked up another blue one for the packaging variation. The front of the package has slight differences from the U.S. version and the back has to make room for four different languages. Also, you may notice my wife’s home town of Mississuga, Ontario appears in bold down in the fine print.
This photo compares the U.S. package (top) with the Canadian version (bottom).