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

by Ronan Glon

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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.

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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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