How do I know if my Hot Wheels™ are worth money?
Whether you want to become a toy car collector, or looking to cash in your stash of Hot Wheels™ cars, there’s money to be made in hobby collecting. But how much?
Well, a lot of that depends on how rare and how well preserved the item is, including original packaging. But it’s fair to say that serious car collectors will pay good money for rare items and memorabilia, especially when it comes to Hot Wheels cars.
In this feature, we’ll take a look at how to make money from your collection. But before all that. if you haven’t already read about how to become a Hot Wheels collector, read this article first.
Is my Hot Wheels car worth any money?
Ok, so the biggest question is how much money could you be sitting on? The quickest way to know if you’re sitting on a fortune, is to see if your Hot Wheels cars is one of the most desirable and collectible.
There’s numerous car collector forums which are a great place to start, like hobbytalk.com and diecastxchange.com which are worth checking out. This is a place for likeminded others, where you can build your knowledge and share information with other toy collector hobbyists.
It’s also worth scouring the web to see which are the most exclusive Hot Wheels cars to add to your collection. Some of the most exclusive Hot Wheels cars are worth tens of thousands of pounds, these include:
- Hot Wheels™ Enamel White 1958 Camaro - $100,000 (roadandtrack.com)
- Hot Wheels™ 40th Anniversary- $140,000 (autoblog)
- Hot Wheels™ 1974 Blue Roger Dodger - $6,000 (fatherly)
- Hot Wheels™ 1968 Cheetah Base Python - $10,000 (fatherly)
- Hot Wheels™ 1969 Pink Rear-loading Volkswagen Beach Bomb -$150,000 (fatherly
Don’t forget that memorabilia can be as valuable as the cars themselves. Perhaps it’s time to get your hands on a Hot Wheels Car plate!
Are Hot Wheels from the 90s worth anything?
Perhaps one of the most asked questions is which era of Hot Wheels cars are the most coveted? While there’s no hard and fast answer, a number of 90s models have held their value well.
For instance, Hot Wheels collector no 271 was launched in 1995 and is said to be worth $3,500 (Business Insider), whilst the Design Custom ’38 Ford C.O.E. which was signed by Larry Wood, released in 1998, could be worth up to $70,000 today*!
However, it’s not all about 90s cars. Vintage Hot Wheels finds include the pink rear-loading ‘Beach Bomb’ vehicle from 1969, today worth a whopping $80-$125,000*.
* according to thegamer.com
What are the hardest Hot Wheels cars to find?
It’s time to clear out Granny’s attic, you never know what could be lurking there! Toy car collectors are a passionate breed, so if you happen to come across any of these rare finds, they could be worth some serious money. Here’s just a few of the most sought after, according to thegamer.com
- 1968 White Custom Camaro
- 1969 “Cheetah” Base Python (Hong Kong)
- 1968 Hot Pink Beatnik Bandit
- 2001 Fright Bike
- 1975 American Victory
- 1975 Emergency Squad
- 1970 Custom Police Cruiser
- 1974 Baja Bruiser
- 40th Anniversary Diamond Encrusted Otto
Are Treasure Hunt Hot Wheels cars valuable?
But first, are you wondering what Treasure Hunts cars are? Well, in 1995, Hot Wheels launched ‘Treasure Hunts’ – toy cars that were randomly hidden in cases with a limited run being produced. The Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt List continues to this day with new Treasure Hunts being added every year.
Often, these are identified by the packaging which features a green stripe alongside the words ‘Treasure Hunt’ or sometimes ‘T-Hunt’, so you know you’ve got a special one!
Today there are ‘regular’ and ‘super treasure hunts’ to look out for.
There’s a number of treats to look out for in the Hot Wheels 2022 treasure hunt. According to fandoms, (https://orangetrackdiecast.com/), a few of these include:
- The Dark Knight Batmobile Batman (“A” case assortment)
- 58 Chevy Impala HW Art Cars (“L” case assortment)
- ’20 Jaguar F-Type HW Turbo (“H” case assortment)
- ’32 Ford Rod Squad
- Dodge Van HW Metro (“C” case assortment)
So there you have it, some rare Hot Wheels cars to add to, or sell from your collection!
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