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The 15 Most Expensive Hot Wheels Cars

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If you’re into Hot Wheels, then this is the list for you!

We’ve included everything from Ferraris with white interiors, to Over Chrome Mustangs, and diamond-encrusted anniversary specials. 

So, without further ado, here’s a list of the 15 most expensive Hot Wheels cars. 

 

The 15 Most Expensive Hot Wheels Cars

The list of Hot Wheels cars and figures mentioned below are compiled from various sources around the web, such as RankerWikipedia

These are the 15 most expensive Hot Wheels cars:

 

15. 1972 Green Open Fire

Most Expensive Hot Wheels - 1972 Green Open Fire

Estimated Value: $4,000

The 1972 Green Open Fire Hot Wheels car was designed by Paul Tam and produced in Hong Kong in 1972. 

It was the first car to feature a double set of wheels up front and a gigantic exposed engine.

The car is based on a stretched AMC Gremlin and estimated to be worth around $4,000.

 

14. 1970 Red Ferrari 312P (White Interior)

Most Expensive Hot Wheels - 1970 Red Ferrari 312P (White Interior)

Estimated Value: $5,000

The 1970 Red Ferrari 312P, with white interior, was produced in the United States and Hong Kong in 1970.

Its white interior is what bumps up the price tag. Only 20 Ferrari 312Ps with white interior are known to exist. 

So, if you manage to come across one, try and grab yourself a bargain, as they’ll more than likely continue to increase in value. 

 

13. 1971 Spectraflame Purple Bye-Focal

Most Expensive Hot Wheels - 1971 Spectraflame Purple Bye-Focal

Estimated Value: $6,000

Designed by Larry Wood, the Purple Sprectraflame Bye-Focal made its debut in the 1971 range of Hot Wheels cars. 

It’s based on a ’70 Dodge Challenger and features two Injected V-8’s under a glass hood on an elongated front clip. 

This particular Bye-Focal is rare because of its paint job.

Purple Spectraflame is the hardest colorway to find and is regarded as one of the rarest Redline colors of the Spectraflame Era.

 

12. 1970 Red Baron (White Interior)

Most Expensive Hot Wheels - 1970 Red Baron (White Interior)

Sold For: $7,500

The 1969 Red Baron, with white interior, is one of the coolest looking Hot Wheels cars ever!

It was designed by Tom Daniel & Howard Rees and was released in 1970.

The car incorporates a WWI German infantry helmet and an Iron Cross motif on its radiator. 

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There are only a few known Red Barons with white interiors in existence. In 2018, a collector paid $7,500 on eBay for one! 

 

11. 1969 Brown ’31 Woody

Most Expensive Hot Wheels - 1969 Brown '31 Woody

Estimated Value: $8,000

With only 40 in known existence, the Brown ’31 Woody is considered to be one of the rarest Hot Wheels cars in the world.

It was designed by Ira Gilford, made in the United States, and debuted in the 1969 Hot Wheels series. 

The car can be found with a white, champagne, or dark brown interior and a wrinkle or smooth top. 

 

10. 1974 Blue Rodger Dodger

Most Expensive Hot Wheels - 1974 Blue Rodger Dodger

Estimated Value: $8,000

Another design by Larry Wood, Rodger Dodger, made its debut in the 1974 Flying Colors series.

It’s based on a ’73 Dodge Charger SE and is most commonly found in the Enamel Plum colorway. 

However, there’s a blue color variation that’s extremely rare and demands a much higher price tag. 

If you’re after one of these, you can expect to be parting ways with around $8,000! 

 

9. 1968 Python With “Cheetah” Base

Most Expensive Hot Wheels - 1968 Python With Cheetah Base

Estimated Value: $10,000

The 1968 Python With “Cheetah” Base is the first Hot Wheels car on the list to have an estimated value of over $10,000. 

Made in both the United States and Hong Kong plants, the Cheetah is based on a 1963 car by Bill Cushenberry.  

It was styled using a ’60 Pontiac and a ’61 Corvair, with a small block Ford engine, but was later re-styled into a new model called the “Tiger Shark.”

Only a handful of “Cheetahs” exist, most being the standard red Hong Kong colorway.

So, if you manage to find an orange one, snap it up, as it’s worth a lot of money!

 

8. 1969 Ed Shaver Blue AMX

Most Expensive Hot Wheels - 1969 Ed Shaver Blue AMX

Estimated Value: $10,000

The car was designed by Ira Gilford and released as part of the Mainline series in 1969.

It was produced in the USA and came with a white interior. 

To celebrate their partnership with UK racing driver Ed Shaver, Mattel released a custom AMX model, in the same year, that can only be distinguished by its stickers. 

So, if you think you’ve come across one of these, make sure to authenticate the stickers! 

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7. 1971 Purple Olds 442

Most Expensive Hot Wheels - 1971 Purple Olds 442

Estimated Value: $12,000

The 1971 Olds 442 was designed by Larry Wood and released as part of the Mainline range of vehicles. 

It’s thought to be the rarest overall casting of all Redline cars and is highly sought after among collectors. 

The purple colorway is the rarest Hot Wheels car from the Redline era and will set you back at least $12,000. 

 

6. 1969 Brown Custom Charger

Most Expensive Hot Wheels - 1969 Brown Custom Charger

Estimated Value: $13,000

The 1969 Brown Custom Charger was designed by Ira Gilford and released as part of the 1969 Hot Wheels range. 

It’s based on a real-life 1969 Dodge Charger and was manufactured in the United States between 1969 and 1971. 

The car comes in a variety of Spectraflame colorways, but it’s the brown ones that are worth the most, with only a handful, thought to be made. 

 

5. 1970 Mad Maverick Base

Most Expensive Hot Wheels - 1970 Mad Maverick Base

Estimated Value: $15,000

The fifth most expensive Hot Wheels car is the 1970 Mad Maverick with ‘Mad Maverick’ base. 

The car was designed by Howard Rees and based on the 1969 Ford Maverick. 

It debuted in 1970 and continued production until 1977. 

What makes this particular model rare is what’s underneath the body.

Only a few models are known to exist with the ‘Mad Maverick’ name cast into its baseplate. 

Due to copyright issues, the name was changed, therefore making all the pre-named Hot Wheels models more desirable. 

 

4. 1968 Over Chrome Camaro

Most Expensive Hot Wheels - 1968 Over Chrome Camaro

Estimated Value: $25,000

The antifreeze 1968 Over Chrome Camaro was thought to be used primarily for commercials and advertising campaigns. 

As the cars weren’t production units, only around 20 were made, which is why they demand such as high price. 

Couple that with their rare paint job, and it’s easy to see why this is one of the most expensive Hot Wheels cars. 

 

3. 1968 Over Chrome Mustang

Most Expensive Hot Wheels - 1968 Over Chrome Mustang

Sold For: $40,000

Being one of only two Hot Wheels Over Chrome Mustangs, you can start to appreciate why it sold for $40,000. 

It was another Hot Wheels car that was made for advertising purposes only, and never meant for retail. 

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This one was purchased for $40,00 at an estate sale from a private collection at a trailer park. How it got there remains a mystery.

 

2. 2008 Diamond-Encrusted Custom Otto

Most Expensive Hotwheels - 2008 Diamond-Encrusted Custom Otto

Sold For: $60,000

With an estimated value of over $100,000, you’d think it’s encrusted with diamonds or something, right? Well, it is! 

Mattel decided to do something special to commemorate their 40th anniversary. And, it went all out.

The car is cast in 18-karat white gold, encrusted with 2,700 diamonds, has red rubies for taillights, and comes with a custom-made diamond case. 

The Custom Otto was valued at $140,000 and sold at auction for $60,000. 

 

1. 1969 Pink VW Beach Bomb

Most Expensive Hot Wheels - 1969 Pink VW Beach Bomb

Estimated Value: $175,000 

Here it is. The most expensive Hot Wheels car known to man! 

Dubbed the “Holy Grail” of Hot Wheel cars, the 1969 Pink Beach Bomb, is thought to be one of only two models in circulation. 

It was only a prototype and was never released due to being too narrow and top-heavy.

Instead, it was replaced by a version with side-mounted surfboards and a full-length plastic sunroof. 

So, if you’ve got a spare couple of hundred thousand dollars that you’re looking to invest, keep an eye out for the other one! 

 

Summary

We hope you enjoyed our list of the 15 most expensive Hot Wheels cars.

It blew our minds when we found out how much they’re worth. 

Still, you’re buying an investment piece and a bit of history, so it makes sense if that’s your thing.

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Here’s a quick recap of the 15 most expensive Hot Wheels cars:

  1. 1969 Pink VW Beach Bomb
  2. 2008 Diamond-Encrusted Custom Otto
  3. 1968 Over Chrome Mustang
  4. 1968 Over Chrome Camaro
  5. 1970 Made Maverick Base
  6. 1969 Brown Custom Charger
  7. 1971 Purple Olds 442
  8. 1969 Ed Shaver Blue AMX
  9. 1969 Python With “Cheetah” Base
  10. 1974 Blue Rodger Dodger
  11. 1969 Brown ’31 Woody
  12. 1969 Red Baron (White Interior)
  13. 1971 Purple Spectraflame Bye Focal
  14. 1970 Red Ferrari 312P (White Interior)
  15. 1972 Green Open Fire

What’s your favorite Hot Wheels car? Leave a comment below.

Matt McIntyre is a digital marketing consultant and certified marketing strategist. When he's not talking about business or marketing, you'll find him in the gym.

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