FOUND - Rare 'Hot Wheels' Toy Worth $150,000

In 1969, Dad tells Son; "It May Be Valuable Someday."

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The 1969 Hot Wheels Beach Bomb prototype.


April 5, 2017
By James Massey, What Sells Best News

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (VIDEO) – A man brought a vintage toy Hot Wheels car he received as a boy, from his dad, to Antiques Roadshow for an appraisal. Turns out it's a rare prototype worth up to $150,000.

The car, a 1969 Hot Wheels Beach Bomb prototype came from the man's father, a foreman at Mattel in the 1960s. He gave the prototype car to his boy after it failed a play test... suggesting his son keep it safe, because; "it may be valuable someday." His son did just that. And the car sat in a trunk, in near-mint condition, for almost 50 years.

The Flaw that Made the 'Holy Grail' of Hot Wheels

The 1969 Hot Wheels Beach Bomb prototype (also known as a Rear-Loader Beach Bomb), was modeled to resemble a surfers VW Bus, with two surfboards hanging out the back window. An unforeseen design flaw led to a very small number being produced.

When the prototypes were built, Mattel play tested them to make sure they would work okay with their play sets and stunt tracks. Unexpectedly, the Beach Bomb prototype failed testing. Because the car was top-heavy and unable to negotiate high-speed corners, it was also too narrow to effectively roll on the Hot Wheels track.

Shortly thereafter, Hot Wheels modified the vehicle, lowering its center of gravity, by cutting away the roof and installing a full-length sunroof. They also extended the side fenders to better fit the track and provide a new way to store the plastic surfboards on the sides of the vehicle. The updated design is known as a 'Side-loader' among collectors.

Because of the changes, only a small number of the original 'Rear-Loader' Beach Bomb prototypes are known to exist. Roadshow appraiser Grant Zahajko illustrated this well by saying; "Well, we've done a lot of research on this. I have also spoken to one of the expert Hot Wheel collectors in the country today. And what we know about this actually is that there's 40 different variations of the prototypes from this line. All various colors. However, the most popular one being the pink rear loader. If you've seen pictures of that one before."

All added up, this makes the car in near mint condition, extremely rare. But, according to Zahajko, this car, a red version with clear windows may be among the rarest of them all.

Estimated Value: $100,000 - $150,000

A pink Hot Wheels 'Rear Loader' made an appearance on History's Pawn Stars (Season 11, Episode 22) back in 2015. When a man brought his 1969 Beach Bomb prototype into the shop to sell it to famed Pawnshop owner Rick Harris. Pawn Stars toy expert, Johnny Jimenez, valued the car at $100,000. The seller offered to sell at $140,000, however, Harris was only willing to go to $70,000. They were unable to make a deal.

Antiques Roadshow appraiser Grant Zahajko, indicated the added scarcity of this particular prototype being near mint condition, with its provenance, red color and clear windows... literally made it, the "Holy Grail of Hot Wheels." He then gave it a $100,000-$150,000 auction estimate.

See The Full Appraisal

The full appraisal video, transcript and additional photos of the Hot Wheels car can be seen at the PBS Antiques Roadshow website here.

Top 25: Vintage Hot Wheels on eBay

The following list today's current Top 25 active Hot Wheels auctions sorted by highest-bid on eBay, worldwide (Top 25: Diecast Vehicles).


VINTAGE HOT WHEELS REDLINES LOT! Check these out!

High Bid: $1,184.00
Bids: 36
Time Left:
1d 1h 25m


VINTAGE HOT WHEELS REDLINES LOT! Check these out! 67 Cars!

High Bid: $680.00
Bids: 16
Time Left:
4d 6h 44m


Mattel Hot Wheels REDLINE 19 CAR COLLECTION Custom Corvette Camaro Charger Eldo

High Bid: $610.00
Bids: 15
Time Left:
4d 5h 46m


*RARE* Hot Wheels Toy Fair 2016 Porsche 934 Turbo RSR

High Bid: $565.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
32m 30s


Hot Wheels Redline rare shiny aqua OC? CUSTOM CHARGER scarce blister BP MINT CAR

High Bid: $530.00
Bids: 13
Time Left:
4d 5h 47m


HOT WHEELS - REDLINE - CUSTOM COUGAR - RARE PURPLE - no reserve - CRAZY   

High Bid: $510.00
Bids: 16
Time Left:
2d 7h 47m


HOT WHEELS REDLINE OLDS 442 IN LIGHT ICE BLUE

High Bid: $500.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
5d 8h 47m


hot wheels redlines lot of 67 cars 1967-1974

High Bid: $500.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 8h 54m


HOT WHEELS REDLINE BEACH BOMB IN UNOPENED AND UNPUNCHED BLISTER PACK. BP.

High Bid: $452.00
Bids: 19
Time Left:
3h 1m


Hot Wheels Redlines 1969 Blue Olds 442

High Bid: $400.00
Bids: 16
Time Left:
1d 8h 33m


1968 Hot Wheels Metallic Pink Classic 32 Ford Vicky Redline

High Bid: $345.00
Bids: 14
Time Left:
2d 8h 46m


2015 Hot Wheels RLC '55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser Pink Candy Striper #33 of 4000

High Bid: $300.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 10h 1m


🍒 VINTAGE HOT WHEELS REDLINES LOT 🔥LOOK 👀 REDLINE

High Bid: $292.77
Bids: 19
Time Left:
3d 23h 37m


🍭🍭🍭 2014 Hot Wheels RLC Candy Striper Gasser 55 Chevy NO RESERVE 🍭🍭🍭

High Bid: $290.00
Bids: 14
Time Left:
22h 46m


2014 Hot Wheels Candy Striper

High Bid: $290.00
Bids: 14
Time Left:
3d 10h 44m


Vintage Mattel Hot Wheels Redline Custom Dodge Charger 1969 # 6288-014 Lot of 3

High Bid: $285.77
Bids: 10
Time Left:
2d 1h 56m


HOT WHEELS RED LINE CHARGER ORANGE FLOWER POWER w BEAUTIFUL CONDITION

High Bid: $285.00
Bids: 12
Time Left:
3d 10h 21m


hot wheels redlines Hong Kong 1967 custom mustang emerald green

High Bid: $285.00
Bids: 33
Time Left:
3d 19h 55m


Rare 1968 Hot Wheels Redline Custom VW in Pink US version

High Bid: $285.00
Bids: 27
Time Left:
4d 7h 16m


HOT WHEELS - REDLINE - HOT PINK PYTHON - no reserve - CRAZY     

High Bid: $280.00
Bids: 15
Time Left:
2d 7h 56m


Hot Wheels 31st Annual Collectors Convention

High Bid: $275.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2h 29m


Vintage Hot Wheels Redline - Custom Volkswagen - Icey Purple HK - Rare Color!

High Bid: $265.00
Bids: 8
Time Left:
3d 8h 21m


Hot wheels redline custom cougar in vhtf aqua nm

High Bid: $265.00
Bids: 9
Time Left:
4d 6h 38m


Hot Wheels redline green Boss Hoss blister pack

High Bid: $256.36
Bids: 10
Time Left:
4d 7h 17m


1968 REDLINE HOT WHEELS ROSE CUSTOM CHARGER BLISTER PACK

High Bid: $255.00
Bids: 33
Time Left:
11h 29m