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“Holy grail” of Hot Wheels cars could sell for $150,000

The “holy grail” of Hot Wheels cars could sell for $150,000, according to British television show Antique Roadshow. The model in question is a prototype of a Volkswagen bay-window Bus manufactured in 1969.

The seller explains he received the prototype from his father who worked as a foreman at Mattel Corporation in California, and he kept a period business card to add credibility to his story. He remembers his dad telling him the prototype wasn’t approved for production because it was too top-heavy; it had a tendency to tip over and fall off the track after getting shot out of Hot Wheels’ Super-Charger.

His dad advised him to keep the Bus in a safe place because it might be valuable one day. The model — called Beach Bomber — was redesigned before entering production. The two plastic surfboards were mounted on the side to lower the center of gravity, and it received darker windows.

Antique Roadshow explains there were 40 different variations of the Beach Bomber prototype painted in various colors. Dark red prototypes are among the rarest; this one is in near-mint condition, and its unique provenance adds to its desirability. It’s consequently expected to sell for anywhere between $100,000 and $150,000, which makes it more valuable than a real bay-window Bus in near-mint condition.

Story via Motor1.

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3 thoughts on ““Holy grail” of Hot Wheels cars could sell for $150,000

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  2. Who knew?! I was almost 7 when Hot wheels debuted in stores, and was instantly hooked. .89 apiece, my quest at that tender age was to collect them all. Five or ten turned into 35-40 and only grew! Being ‘king of the playground’ meant bring your latest catch to school and you had INSTANT bragging rights!
    I still have all the 1967 offerings which I highly covet. I was wise enough (at my older brother’s urging) to get each & keep them in the original packaging, complete with the ‘badge’ that came with them! Many of the others were traded off, lst, etc. over the years, and have been offered insane amounts for my `67 originals which I’ve turned down. By the time I was in my teens, I knew I had my own ‘chunk of gold’, and have always felt lucky to have these. Now, 50 years later they reside in my safety deposit box at the bank, safely tucked away. Foolish? You be the judge!

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