Toy collector and historian Joel Magee, who bills himself as "America's Toy Scout", has uncovered an extremely rare Hot Wheels car he says is worth up to $100,000.
Discovered as part of a small collection among relatively-more common Hot Wheels, the car is a Hong Kong-manufactured prototype version of a 1968 Hot Wheels Camaro in enamel white paint - the base coat used on Hot Wheels prototype cars at the time before colored paint was applied. A few of these unfinished prototypes were mistakenly released to the public - including, apparently, the Camaro found by Magee.
“I’ve collected toys forever and this Hot Wheels Camaro is the Holy Grail of collectibles," Magee said in a statement. "I am beyond excited to have found it to add to my vast collection. This car is so extremely rare that there is only one known example which is this one. Imagine something that originally sold for 59 cents now being worth upwards of $100,000! Wow!"
Hot Wheels cars maufactured in the line's first decade are known as "Redline" cars. This 1968 Camaro Redline Prototype is the only one of its kind in existence, says Magee. A protoype version of the 1960s Beach Bomb van and a similar Olds 442 prototype are the only comparably valued Hot Wheels known to exist.