For 50 years (the 50th anniversary having just been commemorated in May), Mattel has been bringing joy to kids all over the United States with its special brand of miniature model cars known as Hot Wheels. But, as it turns out, Hot Wheels are more than just tiny race car toys for children.
Adults can enjoy Hot Wheels, too. In fact, there are actually a decent amount of fully-grown Hot Wheels collectors out there who treat the plastic replicas with the same respect that some people treat actual muscle cars. When it comes to this community of Hot Wheels collectors, Bruce Pascal is pretty much an American legend.
Pascal was seven when he got his first Hot Wheels toy, and now, his collection of more than 3,500 toy cars, many of them first editions, is worth more than $1 million. With one of the most valuable Hot Wheels collections of all time, Pascal believes he has more original, mint condition Hot Wheels model cars than even Mattel itself.
The guy has got 175 unique prototypes that were never sold to the public, not to mention that he’s also the proud owner of the world’s rarest Hot Wheels car, a custom Volkswagen Beach Bomb with a bright pink paintjob that’s appraised at $150,000. Wow. Can you imagine a tiny toy care being worth that much? You could buy a house with that little thing.
Now, if he ever decided to sell his collection on eBay, Pascal could definitely rake in some serious cash. But, considering that he has plans to open a museum dedicated to his massive Hot Wheels collection, we think he’ll be hanging onto his prized possessions for quite some time.