When the Hot Wheels #’67 Dodge Charger made its debut at the end of 2000 — as part of the #2000 First Editions — the team at Hot Wheels clearly had lofty expectations as to how it would fare with collectors. The next year it was slotted as a Treasure Hunt, and the year after that it was in the inaugural lineup of HotWheelsCollectors.com releases (Series 1). It was the newest muscle car on the block when Hot Wheels #Muscle Cars reigned supreme.
The ’67 Dodge Charger has a very unique style to it. Some people are fans, others are not. Really, it comes down to the fact that #Dodge hit a home run one model year later with the ’68 Charger. Add in the fact that silver screen appearances made the #’69 Dodge Charger one of the most — if not the most — popular #Muscle Cars of all-time, and the ’67 Charger is more like a “B”-list celebrity. It simply is not as sexy as the ’69, and secondary market prices of 1:1 and 1:64 echo that.
In the 2003 #Preferred Line, we saw probably the most authentic release of the Hot Wheels #’67 Dodge Charger in the casting’s 13-year history. The design was a semi-premium version of the 2000 First Edition release as it wore a more vibrant silver color and featured #Real Riders Slotted 5-Spoke Wheels with redline tires. Premium Hot Wheels didn’t always have a metal base back then as this one followed that mantra — hence the “semi-premium” designation.
Still, the Preferred #’67 Dodge Charger was a steal at the $3 pricepoint preferred cars carried back in 2003 — especially considering the fact that it was released near the end of the line’s run, and was limited to 15,000 pieces. In fact, you can still find this release in silver — and its alternate color in red — for under $5 at local shows and online. I know, because I just picked this one up recently as essentially an add-in on a larger purchase. The silhouette of this car is fun to look at, but you simply cannot ignore the rear-view with that large red tampo on the back with “CHARGER” in it, meant to represent the taillights (or is it taillight?) on the 1:1.
The Hot Wheels #’67 Dodge Charger was #Discontinued in 2012. Collector interest in the casting has certainly dissipated. Great news for fans of the casting though as the casting has a fruitful list of releases, with most having a closer-to-stock approach when it comes to the graphics. You should have no problem going back and collecting most of the releases for close to retail value. So while the ’67 Dodge Charger pales in comparison to the #’69 Dodge Charger in almost every way, it is still worth it to go back and take a second look at the Hot Wheels ’67 Dodge Charger. It certainly has some favorable releases which are not expensive on the secondary market, and the casting is no longer being produced.
With the impending sale of the brand-new Red Line Club Exclusive ’69 Dodge Charger R/T tomorrow, that makes 13 different Hot Wheels ’69 Charger castings — none of which exhibit the more subtle grace of the #’67 Dodge Charger. I get it, the ’69 Charger is totally rad, but the ’67 Charger is worth a second look.