Through 2018, while I was enjoying finding the various special series celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Hot Wheels, I also added to my collection of the 1998 Hot Wheels 30th Anniversary Series. For this series, Hot Wheels chose to reproduce one casting from each of the first 30 years, complete with the original card art. I found this most recent selection at one of my favorite booths at the Wichita Community Market.
The Hot Wheels ’65 Mustang Convertible was first cast in 1984 and makes a fine representative for that year in the 30th Anniversary series. I actually have one of the original release models, as well as a variation from 1991 and an identical version in a 5-pack from 1992.
By the way, if you were to find one of these loose, you could tell the difference between it and the original release by the tiny gold 30th Anniversary Hot Wheels logo stamped on it somewhere. On the Mustang, you can see it on the rear fender.
Hot Wheels | 18873 | 1998 30th Anniversary | ’65 Mustang Convertible (1984) | red with gold 30th Anniv. logo on rear fender | whitewalls
The ’32 Ford Delivery represents the year 1989. I only recently added one of these to my collection when I nabbed a Little Debbie promotional 3-pack on eBay.
Hot Wheels | 18878 | 1998 30th Anniversary | ’32 Sedan Delivery (1989) | yellow with orange red and purple Hot Wheels Delivery trim, gold 30th Anniv. logo on rear | blackwalls
Everyone loves the Hot Wheels Purple Passion and there have been around 100 variations released, but this 30th Anniversary replica of the 1990 first release is the first one I’ve added to my collection. I noticed that the whitewall stripe on the tire is narrower than the broad whitewall of the original.
Hot Wheels | 18879 | 1998 30th Anniversary | Purple Passion (1990) | metallic purple with light green, dark green and blue trim, gold 30th Anniv. logo on rear window | whitewalls
Hot Wheels chose to represent 1995 with Hydroplane. After a decade and about 13 variations, Hydroplane was retired in the 2005 final run series.
Hot Wheels | 18884 | 1998 30th Anniversary | Hydroplane (1995) | metallic blue with Hot Wheels racing trim, gold 30th Anniv. logo on right front
To commemorate 1997, Hot Wheels brought back the Scorchin’ Scooter. In 1998 it was also found as a Treasure Hunt and the casting has since seen over 3 dozen variations.
Hot Wheels | 18886 | 1998 30th Anniversary | Scorchin’ Scooter (1997) | purple with red, blue and silver flames, gold 30th Anniv. logo on tank | MC3