Back to showing cool Hot Wheels. This is one of them. The #’69 Chevy Camaro Pro Street is a Hot Wheels casting that has been around since 2000. It was only released in the #100% Hot Wheels line until 2008 — this being its last release. In 2008, Hot Wheels breathed its last breath into the 100% Hot Wheels line, releasing it in part with the brand’s 40th Anniversary. Quite a few of the 100% Hot Wheels casting returned for one last hoorah, including this Pro Street Camaro in #Hot Wheels Race Team attire.
For those that don’t know, the #100% Hot Wheels were a line of collectible vehicles composed of multi-piece tools. We saw several 100% castings make their return in 2008 in both, single and 2-pack form. The #’69 Chevy Camaro Pro Street was in a 2-Pack called Motown Metal, pitting it against a ’70 Mustang Boss 429 on the drag strip. The acrylic cases, combined with the diorama-style artwork, were some of the coolest packaging Hot Wheels has ever done, but for some reason, that didn’t translate well to retail sales — hence the line’s demise.
As many of you know, I am an avid #Hot Wheels Race Team collector, yet somehow, this release of the #’69 Chevy Camaro Pro Street slipped through my fingers for nearly 10 years as I didn’t officially add it to my master list until last year. Part of it was that I nailed down my race team collection requirements over the last 10 years, and part of it was that I did not collect the #100% Hot Wheels line, mostly due to cost. Fortunately for me, most 100% Hot Wheels haven’t risen much above their lofty retail price, and despite this being a Hot Wheels #Multi-Pack Exclusive that you don’t see come up for sale all-too-often, you can find these 2-packs for under $30 in most cases.
What interests me about this model is the fact that it wears #Hot Wheels Race Team graphics. It wasn’t the only #100% Hot Wheels to do so, but it does have its style. The Hot Wheels logo is correct for the time as this was a #2008 Hot Wheels release, and the “teardrop Hot Wheels logo” was used from 2005 until 2010. The orange, silver and white graphics on metalflake blue body are a departure from the 2008 mainline Hot Wheels Racing segment which utilizes red instead of orange.
I mentioned that I did not collect the #100% Hot Wheels line previously, so it may seem weird that I say this, but the best thing about this is casting itself. The highly-detailed body sits in an aggressive stance. The #Opening Hood reveals more detail on the already exposed, #Blown Engine. The thin interior roll bar gives this car an authentic look, and is highlighted in bright orange contrasting that deep black interior. The wheels are highly-detailed and the wheelie bar makes you want to push it around, seeing how much allowance it gives you to “pop-a-wheelie”.
This is such an underrated Hot Wheels release and a true gem of both, my #Hot Wheels Race Team collection, and in the #100% Hot Wheels line. Its a shame that all of the 100% Hot Wheels castings were destroyed a couple years after this run as the #’69 Chevy Camaro Pro Street is one model that I would love to see return.