Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Craigslist Hawl [Teutonic Tuesday]

Over the weekend I was idly scanning my local Craigslist as temperatures in Portland hit triple digits (again!) Just a general search for Hot Wheels turned up this listing in the “Auto Parts” section:

I am selling off some of my Hot Wheels and other die cast car collection. This is a really hard to find VW Drag Bus in a hard to find metallic green color.....they are going for $60 and up on ebay. I am also selling all of these cars on ebay, so there are no holds.....and they are only available until I get a bid on them.....then the chance to have one is gone. This is not a small one either....it is the 1:18 scale. Cash only and no holds.

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The ad was already 3 hours old. I messaged fellow admin Frosted.


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I jumped in the car with my son and drove straight to the ATM.

Amazingly the seller was only a dozen blocks or so from me. Also amazingly, the Drag Bus was still available!

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And then (for the hat trick of amazement) he brought out a second one!!

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The Magenta one was cheaper and had some minor mold spots on the inside of the plastic, so naturally it was DLM’d

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Here’s a 1:64 Studa-Breaker (way to get around licensing Mattel) in front of the 1:18 for scale

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Regardless it needed to be liberated from its packaging just so we can admire the incredible interior!

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Pretty nifty detailing. The steering wheel actually turns the front wheels as well.

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As part of the purchase price I was able to add these too!

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Finally I’ve become a card-carrying official member of my own blog now, as well! (sorry dtg11 :P )

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A Twin Mill snuck into the photo shoot.

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Fine, you can have a close-up too...

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A recently DLM’d Drag Beetle was a must.

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And then the Cool Classics Type 3 Fastback had to join for a bit of an air-cooled family re-union.

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Finally, showing off for the camera....

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This was definitely one of my most amazing hawls ever. And the seller lives not just in the same city but within just a few blocks! Hope I can manage to deal for a few more! He also builds custom display shelves which hopefully he’ll let me show off soon.

¡Viva!

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