For generations, Hot Wheels have been the best toys a young car buff could get. From an early age, kids can accumulate a vast fleet of the little metal cars with the smooth rolling wheels. Kids love the candy colors, the wild styling, and the great speeds they could reach on a smooth floor or table. Adults loved the high quality and low price. My own parents promised my brother and I a new Hot Wheels car every Sunday; rewards for proper behavior in church. "The best $2 I'd spend every week," says my dad to this day.
The love of these miniature motorcars probably still drives us to this day. Well here's your chance to own a life-sized Hot Wheels. This 1979 Volkswagen panel van will definitely catch everyone's attention.
The van has a long list of slick features. The custom interior features custom gray vinyl front bench seats and two-tone door panels. The cargo area has a matching gray vinyl bench seat and rear parcel shelf pad. It's unclear if the rear bench folds flat, but if so then prepare for "if this van's rocking" jokes from friends. The highlight of the interior is the pop-up flat screen TV connected to what looks like a Sony Playstation. Not only is it a huge Hot Wheel, it's also a mobile man cave.
The engine appears to be a mildly massaged standard flat four engine. It's mated to a stock 4-speed manual transmission. The Bus is also equipped with an airbag suspension, allowing you to customize the ride height.
But what most people will see is the two-tone exterior: red metallic paint with a gloss black upper section. Body panels appear to be straight and dent free, something uncommon on bay window buses. The many chrome accents contrast beautifully with the paint. Topping all that off is a set of reproduction Fuchs alloy wheels; the polished and black accented wheels bring the whole look together.
There is one drawback to this 1:1 scale Hot Wheel - the price. We've all seen the stratospheric values of split window buses, and the bay window models seem to be following that trend. Unlike our childhood toys, this van isn't one to be given out for not being a little devil in church.
This 1979 panel can be found in eBay's classifieds with an asking price of $26,995.