On the drive back from Minnesota in June, I was getting sleepy. I decided what I needed was to get out and stretch my legs for a bit at a Super Target in Des Moines. It turned out to be a great idea, because I found the Hot Wheels Retro Series ’63 Chevy II that I’d been looking for. I love the simple, bold design and the beautiful illustrations on these Retro cards. And the series – which is a Target exclusive – includes some great castings such as the ’84 Hurst Olds, the ’85 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z, and the Volkswagen SP2.
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).
Back in 2009 and 2010, Hot Wheels released a ’63 Nova in the Dragstrip Demons series (see below). I’ve often wondered why the ’63 Nova hasn’t shown up since, so I was happy to see the ’63 Chevy II in this year’s Muscle Mania series. Although, after comparing the two, I’m pretty convinced these are two different castings. Apart from minor differences in detail, the new car appears to be almost 1/8″ longer.
There is also a Target-only Snowflake Card version of the Chevy II, which I will be on the lookout for.
The Dragstrip Demons series was a tribute to real-life Funny Cars, Top Fuel dragsters, factory experimentals, fuel altereds and super stock vehicles. The 2009 line had 30 different vehicles, while the following year had 25 more. I am missing the AWB ‘Snake Eyes’ ’63 Nova from 2010, but I do have this Wilshire Shaker Match Bash Nova from 2009.