These Are The Most Valuable Hot Wheels Toys

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Did you like to collect things when you were a kid? Comic books, baseball cards, Beanie Babies: all things we may or may not have bought in the hopes that they’d be worth a fortune one day.

If you were once a Hot Wheels-obsessed kid, maybe now is the right time to dust off your collection and see if you have anything that could be worth a chunk of change. 

Mattel began making Hot Wheels cars in 1968, and although plenty of them aren’t worth much these days, there are some (especially special editions and cars based off of movies and television shows) that are worth anywhere from $100 to more than $100,000.

Keep reading to discover some of the most valuable Hot Wheels cars today (and keep your fingers crossed that you’ve got one in your collection).

1969 Pink Rear-Loading Volkswagen Beach Bomb

There are only two pieces of this model in existence, because Mattel scrapped the design after making the prototype. The Beach Bombs are valued at around $80,000 to $125,000.

Purple Olds 442

This car came out in 1971 and was based off the 1970 Oldsmobile 442. Purple is the rarest color, and it can sell for anywhere from $1,500 to $7,000.

Diamond Encrusted Car

Talk about over the top: in 2008, Mattel commissioned celebrity jeweler Jason Arasheben to create this diamond-encrusted car in honor of their 40th anniversary. With more than 2,700 diamonds, it was auctioned off for $140,000.

Blue Rodger Dodger

This super rare car was produced in the mid-1970s and there are only seven of them in existence. If you can manage to get your hands on one, it can sell for around $8,000.

The Mystery Machine

This classic Scooby-Doo car is a must-have if only for the nostalgia factor. If you’re looking to sell it, the price will range from $15 to $80.

Red Baron

It’s said that this car was inspired by Snoopy’s imaginary battles with the Red Baron in the cartoon Peanuts. The 1970 version of the Red Baron can sell for a cool $3,000 to $4,000.

1970 Ed Shaver Custom AMX

Only available in the UK, the 1970 Ed Shaver Custom AMX came with a special set of stickers. This car is valued at around $4,000.


First released in 2011, there’s no denying that this model has some seriously cool factor. The different versions can range in value from $5 up to several hundred dollars.

Gold GMC Motorhome

This blinged-out motorhome was released in 1977, and the value is estimated at around $2,000.

Poison Pinto

Based on the Ford Pinto van, this model is best known for its signature skull and crossbones on the side. This car can be sold for around $75 to $150.

Design Custom ’38 Ford C.O.E.

This series of trucks designed by Larry Wood is currently valued at around $70.

Cheetah Python

Only a few of these models were made in 1968 before the name was quickly changed. Since they’re super rare, they’re worth at least $10,000 each.

Custom Volkswagen Without Sunroof

Based on the Volkswagen Beetle, this version without a sunroof is very rare. They can be found in orange, red, green, copper, blue, and aqua, and are valued at around $1,500.

Larry Wood World Tour Purple VW Bug Beetle Limited

This fun purple bug was created in celebration of Hot Wheels’ 35th anniversary. It’s valued at a starting price of $100.

White Enamel Custom Camaro

The Custom Camaro was the first Hot Wheels car to be released to the public in 1968. If you can get your hands on a rare white one, it’s worth around $2,500 today.

Collector Number 271

Released in 1995, there are only 12 of these models in existence. If the car has authentic packaging, it can be worth up to $3,500.

1970 “Mad Maverick” Base Mighty Maverick

This car is super rare because its name was changed from Mad Maverick to Mighty Maverick early in production. There are only five editions of the Mad Maverick known to exist, so their value is also unclear.

1974 El Rey Special

This neon number was released in 1974. These days, if you have one in good condition, it can sell for around $200.

1968 Hot Pink Beatnik Bandit

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The beatnik bandit was a big hit, so Mattel decided to release one in hot pink in an attempt to appeal to little girls. Since they didn’t make very many of them, this color car is now valued at up to $15,000.

1971 Purple Bye Focal

With a pair of glasses painted on the side, this eye-catching car is valued at more than $3,800.

1971 Evil Weevil

If you’re able to get your hands on a slick 1971 Evil Weevil in purple, it may be worth over $2,913.

1999 Dream Halloween ‘32 Ford

Halloween fans, take note: this lime green dream car can sell for up to $180. This special edition car was made to raise money and awareness for children with AIDS.

1991 Cadbury Range Rover


It’s rumored than less than 25 of each of the two colors of this model exist. The yellow version has sold for more than $1,100, and the purple for more than $600.

2016 Toy Fair Porsche 934 Turbo

Even fairly recent Hot Wheels can fetch a decent amount of money. This super rare car released at the New York Toy Fair is valued at up to $220.

2013 MEA Coral Reef FantaSea

With a swirled blue design and chrome hub, this underwater-inspired model may be worth more than $270.

1987 Greased Gremlin

Based on a heavily modified 1972 AMC Gremlin, this one-of-a-kind car is valued at up to $350.

1984 Mustang Stocker

Originally released in 1985, this 1984 version with red and yellow stripes may be worth up to $220.

1983 Airport Food Service


Who knew an airport food service truck could be worth so much? It’s valued at up to $240.

1983 Fireball Torino

This flamed-out Torino not only looks super cool, but it’s also worth a good amount of money. It may sell for up to $160.

1978 Corvette Stingray


A car so cool you’d want to drive it yourself, this version can sell for up to $300. Got a friend with a serious Hot Wheels collection? Be sure to share this article with them!