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
I found this beautiful Butternut Yellow version of the 2017 Johnny Lightning Muscle Cars USA 1968 Chevy Impala recently at Toys R Us. I already have the Grotto Blue variation. Of the two, I’m having a hard time deciding which I prefer. How about you? The other two color versions in this series that I have yet to find are Seafrost Green and Rally Red.
Johnny Lightning | JLMC003 | 2017 Muscle Cars USA R1, Version D | 1968 Chevy Impala Convertible | Butternut Yellow
With the recent announcement that Toys R Us will be closing its last Wichita store, it’s safe to say that the Round 2 products (Johnny Lightning, Auto World and Racing Champions) will be harder to find locally. WalMart – which doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon – is where I found these two models from the 2016 Racing Champions Mint series. By adding this pale yellow 1966 Chevy Nova to my collection, I’ve actually completed the set of four versions.
2016 | Racing Champions Mint R2 | 1966 Chevy Nova (Version A) | pale yellow
This dark green 1964 Chevy Impala is the second of four versions that I’ve found – I also have the silver variation.
2016 | Racing Champions Mint R2 | 1964 Chevy Impala (Version A) | dark green
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.
Sometimes, after I’ve scoured all of the Targets and Walmarts in town, I remember that Hobby Lobby has a small diecast car section. And sometimes I’m even willing to wait in the long lines of crafters at the check-out to make a purchase.
I enjoy the Greenlight Hot Pursuit series and have several already, including the Glendale Police ’67 Biscayne from series 18. I like the look of this stripped-down Indiana State Police ’67 Impala cruiser with its stock wheels, simple door badge and the single cherry on the roof.
2017 Greenlight Hot Pursuit | Series 23 | 1967 Chevrolet Impala | white with Indiana State Police trim
This is another one of those cars I’ve had on my want list for awhile. About the same time I was on eBay to buy my Marcus Forklift, I decided to grab a Hot Wheels Jiffy Lube Special Edition ’65 Impala as well. It looks like there are at least 10 different Hot Wheels castings that were given the Jiffy Lube Special Edition treatment between 1998 and 2001. The Jiffy Lube ’65 Impala came out the first year of the casting, in 1998. Though the Jiffy Lube graphics are not my favorite, it has nice pearl white paint and wears a sharp set of Real Rider whitewalls.
23398 | 1998 | Jiffy Lube Special Edition | ’65 Impala | white with red and blue Jiffy Jube graphics | RRww
Of the 35 or so variations of the Hot Wheels ’65 Impala, I have many of them, including the gold beauty that was included in the 2017 HW Flames 5-pack.