At present, the Scorching Wheels mannequin that’s price essentially the most cash dwarfs each different automobile the model has ever produced. Value a staggering $175,000, the pink model of the 1969 rear-loading Seaside Bomb is over 4 occasions as beneficial because the second most costly Scorching Wheels automobile. There are a number of causes the value goes so excessive for this specific mannequin, a VW bus, that create an ideal storm of collectibility for Scorching Wheels fans.
Quite a lot of its worth has to do with it being a prototype. It by no means noticed an official launch, and also you could not come throughout it in a toy retailer. As an alternative, a Mattel worker held onto it after it was determined the mannequin wasn’t appropriate for mass manufacturing, on account of it being too slender and top-heavy. A part of this design was to accommodate surfboards being loaded by means of the rear, giving it an ideal 60s seashore vibe, and a glance in contrast to some other Scorching Wheels car. The design was altered to mount the surfboards on the aspect, and add a plastic sunroof to decrease the van’s middle of gravity.
Solely two particular person automobiles from this line had been ever made in pink, making them the rarest of the uncommon. Usually with regards to Scorching Wheels collectibles, any customization that wasn’t a part of their unique manufacturing unit design will drastically diminish a mannequin’s worth, so slapping a coat of pink paint on one other Seaside Bomb will not make it all of a sudden price $175,000. Nevertheless, different Seaside Bombs with rear-loaded surf boards are nonetheless fairly uncommon and value greater than the typical Scorching Wheels toy, to say the least.