M2 Machines Auto-Drivers release 44 continues their recent practice of partnering with well-know automotive aftermarket industry brands in the decoration of both the packaging and the model. This MSD 1958 Impala makes a nice companion to the Weiand 1967 Nova from R43 that I picked up awhile back.
M2 Machines | 2017 Auto-Drivers R44 | 1958 Chevrolet Impala | gloss black with bright red top, MSD graphics
MSD is headquartered in El Paso, Texas, where it has been designing, testing and assembling a range of ignition system products since 1970.
If you’d like to see more of my M2 ’58 Impalas, you can follow a link trail starting with this Auto-Vault version from 2017.
I admit I don’t give it much effort, but I’ve never found a Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt or a chase car of any kind in a store. While we were vacationing in Minnesota in June, I picked up this new variation of the M2 Machines 1958 Chevrolet Impala at a WalMart. It wasn’t until I got home that I noticed the MEX03 code and realized it was not just a normal release. Could it be I finally found something rare? This is what the M2 Facebook page posted back in April:
Attention M2 Machines collectors – keep your eyes peeled for the first official M2 Machines Auto-Vault release making its way into Walmart stores throughout the US next month. Due to economic situations in Mexico 1600pcs of the 4000pcs of each casting produced for Walmart Mexico 31500-MEX03 and 31500-MEX04 were redirected to the United States for distribution. Wanting to change things up a bit for collectors we decided to repackage the vehicles to maintain a clear visual difference between the Mex and US releases. Though the vehicles are the same, we ditched the clamshell packaging and opted to put these 1600pcs of each casting in an all new Auto-Vault wrap. If you were not able to add these releases to your collection this is a great opportunity to pick them up.
I’m not actually sure how 1600 pieces compares to the production numbers for a Treasure Hunt, but I think M2’s chase cars are limited to 750, so this one is not quite on that level. But I really like the look of it either way.
2017 Auto-Vault MEX03 | 1958 Chevrolet Impala | black
Some of my other recent M2 Impalas can be seen here.
I’ve recently acquired three more variations of the M2 Machines 1958 Chevrolet Impala. First, the Auto-Thentics R37 from 2015.
2015 Auto-Thentics R37 | 1958 Chevrolet Impala 283 | metallic green
Next is the Auto-Drivers R36 from 2016.
2016 Auto-Drivers R36 | 1958 Chevrolet Impala | yellow
And finally, the Auto-Drivers R37, also from 2016. The chase car for R37 is this same Impala but with gold wheels.
2016 Auto-Drivers R37 | 1958 Chevrolet Impala | metallic purple with black top
Some of my other M2 Impalas can be seen here, here, here and here.
The Hot Wheels ’58 Impala made its first appearance in 2007 in the Hot Wheels Classics Series 3. There were 5 color variations, of which I have the Spectraflame Gold and Spectraflame Purple versions. With their white tops, chrome trim and whiteline tires, these are some pretty sharp models.
L0732 | 2007 Hot Wheels Classics Series 3 | ’58 Impala 4/30 | Spectraflame gold with white top | whiteline 5SP
L0732 | 2007 Hot Wheels Classics Series 3 | ’58 Impala 4/30 | Spectraflame purple with white top | whiteline 5SP
The following year, the ’58 Impala was included in the Since ’68 Hot Rods series wearing distinctive Metalflake Grey paint with red tampos.
M1573 | 2008 Hot Wheels Since 1968 Hot Rods | ’58 Impala 5/10 | Metalflake gray with red trim | redlines
Chevrolet introduced its innovative Turbo-Fire V8 engine in 1955. 60 years later, the small-block Chevy V-8 has found its way into just about every kind of vehicle – from race cars to off-road trucks to boats – and has become one of the most common and longest-produced domestic engines.
This fun, Walmart exclusive series from M2 Machines celebrates this amazing engine with 6 different models, including a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 265, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, a 1958 Chevrolet Apache Cameo, a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 327, a 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS 283 and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS. As much as I like them all, I limited my purchase to the 1967 Nova SS 283.
2015 WMTS01 | 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS 283 | bright gold with Turbo-Fire V8 60 year graphics
A companion series of Auto-Haulers – also Walmart exclusive – includes variations of the 1958 Chevrolet LCF hauling a 1966 Corvette, 1969 Camaro Z/28 and this 1958 Chevrolet Impala.
2015 Auto-Haulers S15 | 1959 Chevrolet LCF & 1958 Chevrolet Impala | bright gold with Turbo-Fire V8 60 year graphics
I also have a different variation of the Nova SS 283 in my collection and a similar Auto-Hauler combo from the previous 100 Years of Chevrolet series.
When I was a kid, I really enjoyed the magazine CARtoons. Produced by Petersen Publishing between 1959 and 1991, the magazine featured art by talented illustrators such as Pete Millar, George Trosley, Dave Deal and many others. The cars in the magazine were like caricatures, with exaggerated features, monstrous blown engines and impossibly fat tires.
The Muscle Machines series continues the spirit of those CARtoons cars. Muscle Machines were created in 1999 as a collaboration between 3-D artist Bruce Schultz and the Australian illustrator Rohan Day, whose art is featured on a trading card that comes with each model. Muscle Machines were eventually acquired by Maisto in 2012.
Curiously, even thought this black and orange 1958 Chevy Impala is a 2012 release, I found it few weeks ago on the pegs of a Walmart store.
2012 Release 12.3 1958 Chevy Impala black/orange
I have two other Muscle Machines 1958 Impalas from before the company was bought by Maisto. This white and brown model from 2007 is contained in a unique package with a window on the back that allows you to see the detail on the bottom of the car.
2007 Series 2 1958 Chevy Impala white/brown
My other Muscle Machines 1958 Impala is a silver and blue version that dates back to 2004, when I was still liberating my cars from their packaging. The collector card that came with it (shown below) has identical art on both the front and the back side.
2004 RC 04-17 1958 Chevy Impala silver/blue