As the early editions of the Hot Wheels ’83 Chevy Silverado continue on their meteoric rise in value, a lesser discussed white version from last year has started to climb. Released as a #Toys R Us Exclusive, the white colorway of the HW Performance (Fram) ’83 Silverado is proving to be hard to find on the secondary market — well, at least for cheap.
Operating off the knowledge that there just aren’t a lot of Toys R Us locations out there (compared to a Walmart or Target), and that these white #Fram trucks only appeared in one case mix as a promotion, led me to believe that this may turn out to be one of the more limited releases of the ’83 Chevy Silverado. With the 2009 Military and Fire Rods versions selling in the neighborhood of $400, along with the HotWheelsCollectors.com Series 8 version, its not unreasonable to think that maybe this one could fetch some decent money.
Well, apparently I’m not the only “B” student in Hot Wheels Economics 101 as other collectors sought these out last summer and had listed them online for sale. Over the last year, there has been enough of a supply to keep the profiteers away but now, with that supply drying up, needy collectors are paying higher and higher prices boosting the price of one carded up to the $15 to $20-shipped range. Thankfully, I was able to find one on the pegs at my local Toys R Us last year. I had kept it carded, thinking maybe I could use it as trade bait or sell it down the road, but ultimately decided against it as it looks much better in my collection paired with the orange colorway, which was released first and is the more common of the two #Variations.
The #HW Performance Series has been a popular one as it has now been a staple of the Hot Wheels mainline segment series for several years now (for 2016 it was renamed the #HW Speed Graphics Series). Collectors love the licensed and realistic vehicles paired with the logos of real car parts manufacturers. Its unclear as to what the licensing agreement is between Hot Wheels and these companies, but the companies seem to be happy with it as companies like Falken Tires are even giving away their logo’ed mainline cars as promotional cars won through online contests directed at driving traffic to their social media accounts.
Fram, the maker of oil and air filters, have now run their logos in the Hot Wheels mainline (as part of this series) for two consecutive years. Last year, we got these two colorways of the ’83 Chevy Silverado, and now this year, we’ve gotten another #Chevrolet in the ’14 COPO Camaro. While that one can still be found on the pegs, you can bet these Silverados are long gone. Check your local collector shows and club meetings as that may be your best chance to get a deal on these.