Hot Wheels Camaro becomes reality

Last updated 07:05 31/10/2012
Chevrolet's Camaro Hot Wheels Edition.
Chevrolet's Camaro Hot Wheels Edition.
The Chevrolet Malibu Turbo for the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
The Chevrolet Malibu Turbo for the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

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It's the stuff of boyhood dreams - a scale model muscle car becomes full-size driveable car.

Chevrolet has brought to life the Camaro Hot Wheels car but, be warned, the first-ever drivable Hot Wheels production model does not come with an orange race track.

Click on the photo at left for all the views of the Hot Wheels Camaro.

However, the driveable will go on sale early next year and is being unveiled at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this week.

Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing says millions have grown up playing with Hot Wheels.

"Offering a special production model of the Camaro is an opportunity to bring those memories to life, for kids of all ages."

A special run of the Camaro has been commissioned – and like the collectable toys on which it is based – when they're gone, they're gone.
"It's been nearly 20 years since I started designing cars for Hot Wheels and I have yet to drive one home," Felix Holst, vice president of creative for the Mattel Wheels Division, said.

"Personally, I can't wait to open the doors and see the Hot Wheels Camaro sitting in the garage."

It will come in coupe and convertible models – in 2LT (V6) and 2SS (V8) trims and exterior highlights include: ZL1 rear spoiler (coupe models); ZL1 front upper grille; ground effects package, including front splitter and rocker treatment; black 21-inch wheels with red outline stripe; two-tone matte hood graphic and rear taillight panel "blackout" graphic; fender "flame" graphics; Hot Wheels grille and decklid logos.

On the inside, a black leather-trimmed interior is accented with red and black seat stitching with the Hot Wheels logo embroidered on the front seats. The instrument panel and door inserts are black, with the Hot Wheels-style flame decal on each door. Hot Wheels Edition sill plates also distinguish the car, along with Camaro-logo premium floor mats with red edging.

FAST FACT: The original Custom Camaro 1:64-scale toy from 1968 was one of the original 16 Hot Wheels issued and remains one of the most valuable Hot Wheels toys among collectors.

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