Monday, May 27, 2013

The Most Beautiful Hot Wheel Ever Made

Hot Wheels
Hot Wheels Classic Cord Rose
In my estimation the most beautiful Hot Wheel ever made is this Classic Cord, produced in 1971 and 1972. A thing of beauty. You could get this for less than a dollar. I won't sicken you by telling you how much you'd have to shell out to get one of these now, but a thing of beauty as Keats said. The Classic Cord is a favorite among many collectors and commands a relatively high value for all casting colors. According to Jack Parker, a former Mattel design engineer, the Cord was selected specifically to "target" the collector market which has proven to be a successful strategy. Having been produced for only two years, the Cord is a relatively hard to find casting in any color. I don't have much of an emotional connection to this beauty, like I do with many other Hot Wheels I remember from my youth, because I don't remember having this one or any of my friends having it, either. Not that I would mind having one of these, it's just not at the top of my list as a collector.

The Hot Wheels casting is based on the 1937 Cord 812 which was originally conceived by Errett Lobban Cord (1894-1974).Cord teamed with auto designer Gordon Buehrig to create this American classic.

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