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).


Hot Wheels Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow in Olive, Blk roof, Dark interior, Rare HTF

High Bid: $2,380.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
2d 7h 22m


HOT WHEELS REDLINE OLDS 442 IN MEDIUM BLUE FADE BEAUTIFUL CAR

High Bid: $815.00
Bids: 32
Time Left:
1d 10h 59m


1969 Hot Wheels Redline 36 Ford Coupe Classic in Pink NIB

High Bid: $710.00
Bids: 20
Time Left:
13h 20m


HOT WHEELS REDLINE OLDS 442 IN BRIGHT YELLOW STUNNING BEAUTIFUL CAR

High Bid: $655.00
Bids: 22
Time Left:
1d 11h 1m


ORG 1960's MATTEL HOT WHEELS REDLINE 48 CAR COLLECTION IN ORG COLLECTORS CASE NR

High Bid: $610.00
Bids: 9
Time Left:
3d 15h 59m


HOT WHEELS REDLINE PINK OLDS 442

High Bid: $606.77
Bids: 29
Time Left:
6d 1h 9m


ORIGINAL LOT OF 32 HOT WHEELS REDLINES-PURPLE CHARGER, BLUE CAMARO, HEAVY CHEVY

High Bid: $581.00
Bids: 17
Time Left:
2d 14h 24m


HOT WHEELS REDLINE OLDS 442 IN ROSE BEAUTIFUL CAR

High Bid: $565.00
Bids: 26
Time Left:
1d 11h 1m


HOT WHEELS 2 FERRARI Enzo Yellow and Red LTD. EditionFAO SCHWARZ WOW

High Bid: $550.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 5h 27m


HOT WHEELS REDLINE OLDS 442 IN MAGENTA BEAUTIFUL CAR

High Bid: $504.00
Bids: 19
Time Left:
1d 10h 59m


LOT OF 4 HOT WHEELS REDLINE 1969 PURPLE TNT & LIGHT MY FIREBIRD, HEAVY, KING Ku

High Bid: $500.00
Bids: 30
Time Left:
2d 11h 9m


HOT WHEELS REDLINE CUSTOM CAMARO IN OLIVE WITH DARK INTERIOR BEAUTIFUL CAR

High Bid: $460.00
Bids: 21
Time Left:
1d 10h 54m


HOT WHEELS REDLINE CUSTOM CHARGER IN HOT PINK BEAUTIFUL CAR

High Bid: $445.00
Bids: 32
Time Left:
1d 10h 58m


1995 Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt- White Camaro- #3 of 12 Holy Grail

High Bid: $430.00
Bids: 27
Time Left:
3d 11h 37m


Hot Wheels Redline OLDS 442 Light Apple Green US Original Spoiler !! Crazy Tone

High Bid: $405.00
Bids: 14
Time Left:
9h 22m


1967 HOT WHEELS REDLINE METALLIC LIGHT GREEN CUSTOM BARRACUDA ANTI-FREEZE NICE

High Bid: $353.63
Bids: 17
Time Left:
6h 4m


24 Original Hot Wheels Redlines Toy Car Lot With 1967 Case Nice .99 No Reserve

High Bid: $340.00
Bids: 32
Time Left:
3d 9h 24m


Vintage 1960's Redline Hot Wheels 30 Car Lot

High Bid: $338.00
Bids: 9
Time Left:
4d 10h 16m


2014 Hot Wheels Super Treasure Hunt Set

High Bid: $325.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 11h


HOT WHEELS REDLINE YELLOW OLDS 442

High Bid: $310.00
Bids: 7
Time Left:
6d 1h 39m


HWC RLC Series 8 Hot Wheels Real Rides '83 Silverado 18/3000

High Bid: $305.00
Bids: 15
Time Left:
10h 38m


Hot Wheels Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow in Purple, Cream int, Rare HTF

High Bid: $305.00
Bids: 7
Time Left:
2d 7h 26m


VINTAGE HOT WHEELS REDLINES LOT OF 49! Check these out!

High Bid: $305.00
Bids: 23
Time Left:
4d 4h 37m


Hot Wheels HW COP RODS Honda Civic Si 2003 Authentic Deco Fargo Police

High Bid: $300.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
5d 4h 53m


2015 Hot Wheels RLC '55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser Pink Candy Striper

High Bid: $290.00
Bids: 27
Time Left:
5d 9h 52m