Go ahead and admit it. You may be too old to push toy cars in the dirt, but you still think Hot Wheels Corvettes are pretty cool.
So what would you think if that little 1968 Corvette Hot Wheels creation suddenly came to life as a full-blown, able-to-be-parked-in-your-own-driveway model?
Well, dream no longer.
If you’ve seen the show, you know how passionate Rawlings is about cars, and Corvettes in particular, so when Mattel asked him to produce a series of Gas Monkey Garage Hot Wheels cars, he likely thought he had died and gone to automotive heaven.
Rawlings says a vision of this car instantly popped into his head – a 427 4-speed 1968 Corvette with a blower and dual carbs popping through a hole in the hood.
Where do you start to describe this one-of-a-kind Corvette? How about the custom House of Kolor metal-flake fade gold paint job? Don’t forget about the L88 fender flares that were first added to the body.
Then there are the custom 20×12 and 18×8 U.S. Mags surrounded by a one-off set of custom MT Sportsman tires, including the red line custom molded into them.
The Monkeys used a very nice 1968 427/4-speed car as the foundation for their wild and crazy build. They added a ton of special components, including all-new suspension, brakes, and steering, and restored the interior back to like-new condition with white seats and black dash and door panels. They went over the original 427 to be sure it could handle the air/fuel mixture from a Weiland 871 Blower and dual Holley 750s, and pumped the exhaust straight through the side gills with a custom exhaust.
The result is one very unique Corvette that the new owner can even watch being built on the “Fast N’ Loud” TV show.
As Barrett-Jackson says on its auction website:
The entire build was documented on the hit show “Fast N’ Loud,” where you can see firsthand the level of craftsmanship and expertise that went into this one-of-a-kind build. This is the first official car of the Mattel Gas Monkey Garage Hot Wheels cars to be produced – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of automotive history in the making.
Best of all, it’s no reserve, so somebody will take this baby home come January.
The 1968 Hot Wheels Corvette from Gas Monkey Garage is Lot #1342.1 and will be auctioned on Saturday, January 30th at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction.
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