No one expects an old Hot Wheels car to be worth six figures. Not even expert toy collector Joel Magee, known as the Toy Scout. He travels the country searching for valuable toys, and has appeared on Pawn Stars. He bought the seemingly regular white Hot Wheels Camaro with a collection of cars, and didn’t realize its rarity until closer examination.
The Camaro is a one of one enamel coated Hot Wheels car. Hot Wheels designers in the 1960s applied the enamel coating to check for paint imperfections. Most importantly, its rarity comes from the fact that the enamel coated toys were prototypes. None were supposed to leave the factory, but somehow a few did. Furthermore, it is the only one that rides on a Hong Kong chassis.
In addition, the Camaro is one of the “Sweet 16” from 1968. It is also one of the most desirable “Redline” models, produced between 1968 and 1977. It would have sold to the original owner like any other Hot Wheels at the time- for 59 cents.
After consulting with Hot Wheels experts, Magee has valued the car at over $100,000 – well over the MSRP of a range-topping Camaro ZL1 for sale today. While you may have some old Hot Wheels worth some money, few get to this level. Magee considers the enamel Camaro to be one of three toys worth this much. The others are the Beach Bomb and the Olds 442.
Magee has added the enamel Camaro to his toy collection, and it will travel America with him. Magee attends fairs, appraisal events, and other collected toy events around the nation. If you have an old toy you believe is worth some money, you may want to check out The Toy Scout website to see his appearance locations. You never know, there could be your very own white enamel Hot Wheels Camaro hiding its worth right in front of you.
The Camaro has long been tied with Hot Wheels vehicles, and has even offered limited commemorative editions on the pony car for both the fifth and sixth-generation (pictured).