One man's trash is another collector's treasure. While the most expensive Hot Wheels car stands out among the crowd (it is encrusted in thousands of real diamonds, after all), some of the most expensive Hot Wheels cars look almost exactly like their less valuable counterparts. Without a keen eye, these rare cruisers could easily be tossed aside to become victims of another garage sale.
To get the most money out of old Hot Wheels cars, they should be kept in good condition. Even with dings and paint chips, some rare Hot Wheels cars are worth more than the vehicles they represent. To find one of these cars would be to unearth a true gem.
Diamond-Encrusted Custom Otto (2008)Photo: Mattel
Why It's Worth So Much: At the 2008 American International Toy Fair, Hot Wheels unveiled its extraordinarily expensive spectacle. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hot Wheels, the fully diamond-encrusted Hot Wheels car was created. Coated from hood to tailpipe in 2,700 blue, black, and white diamonds, the diamond-encrusted Custom Otto is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that commemorates the Hot Wheels franchise in a truly dazzling way.
Pink Rear-Loading Volkswagen Beach Bomb (1969)
What It's Worth: The pink Rear-Loading Volkswagen Beach Bomb sold at the 25th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention for a whopping $125,000.
Why It's Worth So Much: Produced in 1969, the Volkswagen Beach Bomb hails as one of the most popular Hot Wheels cars. The "Rear-Loading" version is a pre-production version and much harder to find than the "Side-Loading" Volkswagens.
Over-Chrome Camaro (1968)
What It's Worth: Any of these rare commercial Over-Chrome cars are priced around $3,000 damaged to around $40,000 in good condition.
Why It's Worth So Much: In 1968, the first Hot Wheels cars hit the market. The dazzling Camaro was the car of choice for this first run, with the Over-Chrome version being the star of Hot Wheels advertisements. Coming in a variety of colors such as antifreeze and aqua, only around 20 of these commercial-specific cars exist.
Funny Car Collector No. 271 (1995)
Why It's Worth So Much: Made in 1995, only 12 of the Hot Wheels Funny Car Collector No. 271 exist. Out of these 12 bright blue trailblazers, only six have been verified as official Hot Wheels cars. This limited run means that it's going to cost collectors a pretty penny to purchase one of these vehicles.