Toy Chevrolet Costs $100,000

A random purchase made a collector of scaled-down car models richer by $100,000.

American collector Joel Magee is an owner of a rare Chevroelt Camaro model from Hot Wheels. In the US, a price tag of such a miniature does not usually exceed $1, but sometimes you can accidentally find completely unique copies. How much can they cost? For example, more than $100,000. This is 4 (!) times more than the real 2020 Chevrolet Camaro costs, a price tag of which starts at $25,000.

A prototype of the scaled-down 1968 Chevrolet Camaro from Hot Wheels costs $100,000 A prototype of the scaled-down 1968 Chevrolet Camaro from Hot Wheels costs $100,000

The model is one of 16 original Camaros released by Hot Wheels (Mattel) more than half a century ago. It is worth noting that this is a prototype that was not intended for sale. It came to retail by accident, and most customers would not know if this was a prototype.

This is what happened with Joel's Camaro, which was found among several other Hot Wheels cars. After consulting with experts, it has turned out that this Camaro is one of the rarest copies.

Earlier, another Hot Wheels model, namely the 1969 VW Beach Bomb also made in 1:64 scale, was sold for an astronomical sum of $125,000. In 2018, Mattel celebrated the half-century anniversary of its Hot Wheel brand.

Thanks to his unexpected purchase, Joel Magee has become well-known among collectors. Now, he intends to go with his unique model on a tour of the US in order to participate in toy exhibitions and auctions.

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