I’ve enjoyed seeing all of the different Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary series in the stores this year. But after finding the ’66 Nova from the Stars & Stripes series, I’m having mixed feelings about it. I’m trying to be selective about what I add to my collection these days, so I chose to only buy the Nova, rather than buy and display the entire series so that I could spell out “HOT WHEELS”. As much as I like the weathered Americana packaging, I’m not sure how I feel about having a car with a giant “T” on the package, which looks pretty random when you see it on its own. Still the car itself is a beautiful metalflake blue with a flashy stars and stripes motif, and it will be a nice addition to my collection of many ’66 Novas.
FKV84 | 2018 Stars & Stripes 50th Anniv. | ’66 Chevy Nova | metalflake blue with red, white and gold trim, stamped ’68 Nova on base | PR5
It’s interesting that the base of this model is mistakenly stamped “’68 Nova”, just like the multipack exclusive I picked up earlier this year.
This 1992 Hot Wheels Classic Collection 5-Pack is the last of four 90’s multipacks that I found at the Wichita Community Market. I recently bought an identical ’65 Mustang Convertible and Classic Cobra from the same seller on eBay, which leads me to believe those might originally have been from this same 5-pack. Still, I’m happy to have all of these cars in mint condition (even if the package is a little less so.)
1992 Hot Wheels | 1629 | Classic Collection Five Pack
The ’65 Mustang Convertible was first released in 1984. Here’s a link to my eBay ’65 Mustang, which includes more information about this popular casting.
’65 Mustang Covertible | dark red with yellow trim, tan interior | MY | WW
This is the first Mercedes 540K that I’ve added to my collection. The casting first appeared in 1982 and has seen about 22 variations up until it was included in the 1999 Final Run series. This blue with red glitter version was also used in the 1995 Hot Wheels series.
Mercedes 540K | blue with red glitter, lt blue roof | MY | BW
The Hot Wheels ’57 Chevy goes all the way back to 1977 and has come out in dozens of variations since then. I also have a similar model from 1984 – the first of the exposed engine versions – with the same paint and tampo as this one, but with gold Hot Ones wheels. This Ultra Hot version could also be found in the 1991 mainlines.
’57 Chevy (exposed engine) | yellow with white and red flames | MY | UH
I already have the first casting of the ’35 Classic Caddy from 1982. It has since appeared more than two dozen times up until 2012. This metalflake dark blue and dark purple version with white walls was also found in the 1989 Mainline Classics series.
’35 Classic Caddy | metalflake dark blue with dark purple fenders, tan interior | MY | WW
The Classic Cobra was first released in 1983. Here’s a link to my eBay Classic Cobra, which includes more information about the casting.
Classic Cobra | red with yellow, black and white trim, black interior | BW
This Hot Wheels Racing Team gift pack from 1994 is the third of four multipacks that I picked up recently at the Wichita Community Market. The Hot Wheels wiki shows a Release 1 and Release 2 of this five-pack, however, mine seems to be a different mix of the cars from both.
1994 Hot Wheels | 1631 | Racing Team Five Pack
This 80s Camaro with a giant wing on the back began as Flipper Snapper for the 1985 Hot Wheels Flip Outs series. For the 1986 Flip Outs, it was renamed Road Flipper. In 1990 it lost its flipability and briefly became Firebird before the name changed for the last time to Camaro Wind. I have the original Flipper Snapper, but I haven’t photographed it yet.
Camaro Wind | chrome with yellow, red and purple triim | MY | BW
Sol-Aire CX-4 was designed by Larry Wood – an amalgam of various GT racers – and first released in the 1984 Ultra Hots series. After about 9 variations, the model was retooled in 1989 to have an open wing and the retool has seen about 3 dozen more versions. This colorful variation matches one of three from the 1992 mainlines.
Sol-Aire CX-4 | light blue with magenta, orange, pink trim, black plastic base, smoke tinted windows | MY | UH
Speaking of colorful, the glitter paint on this Chevy Stocker might be one of the more obnoxious paint schemes I’ve seen on a Hot Wheel. Another Larry Wood design first released in 1989, the Chevy Stocker is based on the 1986 Monte Carlo Aerocoupe and has about 30 variations up until 2010. This sparkly model matches one of two variations from the 1992 mainlines.
Chevy Stocker | orange with gold metalflakes | MY | BW
Turbo Streak debuted in 1983 and has seen about 30 variation up to 1997. I have one of several variations from that first year.
Turbo Streak | Day-Glo yellow with red, yellow Hot Wheels logo | MY | BW
Shadow Jet was first cast in 1988 and has come out in about 20 different variations up until 2008. I have the yellow version from 1988 (which I haven’t yet photographed) as well as a purple variation from 1991 and another green version from the Case of the Sad Dad.
Shadow Jet | green with yellow and blue trim | MY | BW
This 1992 Hot Wheels Emergency Squad gift pack is the second of four five-packs I picked up at the Wichita Community Market. It’s a little different configuration than what’s shown on the Hot Wheels Wiki, which lists a Ramp Truck instead of the Police Chopper included here.
1992 | 3870 | Emergency Squad 5-Pack
Propper Chopper first came out in 1990 wearing “Newschopper” livery and has since been seen in more than 30 variations. This Police version in my five-pack appears to be identical to the mainline release from 1992.
Propper Chopper | white with red, black, yellow Police trim | MY
I already have a few variations of Sheriff Patrol, which was first cast in 1978 as Highway Patrol. This black and white Police version matches the mainline release from 1990.
Sheriff Patrol | black with blue, white and yellow Police trim | MY | BW
This is the first Hot Wheels Ambulance I’ve added to my collection. It was first cast in 1989 with this same paint and tampo. It has come out in about two dozen variations up until the Final Run series of 2003.
Ambulance | white with red, blue American Ambulance trim | MY | BW
In the past couple of years, I’ve had good luck finding mint condition blackwall Fire Eaters. The popular model was first cast in 1977 wearing redlines. This red version with the blue insert has no holes in the base, which makes it different than the other mint red model I have.
Fire Eater | red with black and yellow trim, blue plastic insert | MY | BW
This casting, first released in 1983 as Beach Patrol and appearing in about two dozen variations, is also new to my collection. Based on a first-generation Chevy S-10/GMC S-15, this model looks great in the striking red, yellow, black and white tampo with construction tires – identical to the 1991 mainline release.
Surf Patrol | yellow with red, white, black Rescue trim, red plastic interior/light bar | MY | CT
My neighborhood WalGreens has a decent selection of cars in its small toy section. Still, I was pleasantly surprised to see them getting into the spirit of the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary with a free-standing display in the middle of the store. That’s where I scored my black and gold ’64 Impala – a casting we haven’t seen since the 2016 Muscle Mania 5-pack.
Hot Wheels | FRN38 | 2018 50th Anniversary Black and Gold Series | ’64 Chevy Impala | black with gold and blue trim | gold LW
The display at WalGreens included a stack of these handy 50th Anniversary collection lists, which you can tear off and take with you. I see a few models here that I’m interested in. How about you?
On my recent visit to the Paramount Antique Mall, 2.50 was the number of the day. I found the Peterbilt Tanker, the Site Dumper and each of these Racing Champions Stock Rods for $2.50 each. With the 10% sale discount, my haul cost me under $12.
The question posed by the Stock Rods series of the late 1990s, as it explains on the back of the package, is “What if your favorite drivers traded in their stock cars to race in a classic hot rod from the past?” It’s a fun idea, and in addition to opening hoods and nice detailing, each car comes packaged with a display stand and collector card.
There was an entire display of these, but I resisted all but the Impalas in the bunch. The first one that caught my eye was this Ken Schrader ’60 Impala. I love the giant tires on the back, but I think I would install a roll cage before I got behind the wheel of this beast.
Racing Champions | 1998 Stock Rods #67 | ’60 Chevy Impala | green with black top and hood, Schrader APR 33 trim, opening hood | display base and collector’s card
My son really liked this Terry Labonte gold-chrome ’58 Impala Custom convertible trimmed with Fruit Loops and Starburst graphics.
Racing Champions | 1998 Stock Rods #143 | ’58 Impala Custom convertible | gold with Terry Labonte Fruit Loops 5 trim, opening hood | display base and collector’s card
If gold-chrome isn’t your thing, maybe you prefer the somewhat more understated Ricky Craven red ’58 Impala with extra-wide white wall tires.
Racing Champions | 1997 Stock Rods #8 | 1958 Chevy Impala | red with Ricky 25 trim, opening hood | display base and collector’s card