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2011 Treasure Hunts: ’57 CHEVY

The reason I started this site nearly two years ago was to #Showcase my collection. But that wasn’t it … it was also about sharing #News and telling cool stories about Hot Wheels, all while injecting personal experiences from my 20+ years of collecting on occasion. Every so often, I don’t have much to say about a certain release other than: this thing is awesome! This is one of those cases…

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Hot Wheels ’57 Chevy from the 2011 Treasure Hunts series (Both Super & Regular TH variants)

I’ll start off by saying in 2011, I was less-than-thrilled that the Hot Wheels #’57 Chevy was being used (yet again) as a vehicle in the annual #Treasure Hunts series. See, this marked the 4th time the ’57 Chevy had been used in the series — with it being used previously in ’96, ’98 and ’05. Those feelings of over-use came to a pass when I finally laid eyes on this stunning release. Decorated in a #Hot Wheels Race Team Blue, #68 faux vintage racing scheme, this pair of regular and super #2011 Treasure Hunts continue to stand out in all the right ways.

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Hot Wheels ’57 Chevy from the 2011 Treasure Hunts series (Both Super & Regular TH variants)

I admit, I’ve never been a great treasure hunter, so these both came from second-hand sources. Back in 2011, and for several years after that, the #’57 Chevy was the most valuable of the #2011 Treasure Hunts with the regular TH selling in neighborhood of $10 and the super TH selling for over $30. That was, until the JDM craze came along and demand for the 2011 TH Datsun 240Z caused prices for that car to overtake the ones set by this one. Thankfully, the demand for this one has waned in recent years with it no longer being the “must have” from 2011. That was certainly fine-by-me as it allowed for me to add these two #Variations to my #Hot Wheels Race Team collection.

Some collectors may argue that they actually prefer the paint on the regular TH version as that classic race team blue always seems to brighten any casting’s appearance. Couple that with no shortage of graphics (compared to the super), and the classic white #5-Spoke Wheels w/ Goodyear on the tires, and its already one of the best appearances of the #’57 Chevy, which has continually been released over the last 40 years. The only negative? … That “teardrop-era” Hot Wheels logo above the rear fender — a logo that was rendered obsolete, a couple years earlier.

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RELEASE DETAILS: Blue Body (metal). Tinted Windows. Black Interior. White 5-Spoke Wheels w/ white Goodyear on tires. Chrome Base (plastic). Made in Malaysia. Toy# T9722. Released in 2011 as #2 of 12 in the 2011 Treasure Hunts series (regular TH variant).

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better — as the super TH had the exact same graphics as the regular — the super TH variant is just a smoother looking release in its #Spectraflame deep blue paint and white #Real Riders Deep-Dish Wheels also with Goodyear on the tires. With finally having this one in hand, its no wonder collectors were paying over $30 (carded) when they first came out as this stunning #’57 Chevy stands out in any collection. Thanks for enjoying this awesome piece with me, which is now part of mine!

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RELEASE DETAILS: Spectraflame Dark Blue Body (metal). Tinted Windows. Black Interior. White Real Riders Deep-Dish Wheels w/ white Goodyear on tires. Chrome Base (plastic). Made in Malaysia. Toy# T9737. Released in 2011 as #2 of 12 in the 2011 Treasure Hunts series (super TH variant).

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