Hot Wheels of the Day
Shelby Cobra 427 S/C
Mainline / Real Riders
RELEASE YEAR: 1983 • CASTING DESIGNER: Larry Wood
The #Shelby Cobra 427 S/C is one of those classic Hot Wheels that has ranked up there with the most desirable castings for decades. And, even with the hood being sealed shut in the mainline casting a couple years back, collectors are still enamored by what has to be one of the most gorgeous car designs in automotive history. This year, we will see it as the last Super #Treasure Hunt for 2021 — complete with Spectraflame Paint & Real Riders.
Back in 1983, #Spectraflame Paint was no longer in the mainline as the Redline-era had ended several years prior. Instead, it was the dawn of the #Real Riders era where a special plastic compound was developed to form a synthesized rubber known to Hot Wheels enthusiasts as “Real Riders”. The special tires were made to “look and feel like the real thing”, and brought Hot Wheels to a whole new level in terms of play value and collectibility.
One of the first vehicles to wear these new #Real Riders was this #First Edition of the #Shelby Cobra 427 S/C. The Cobra — as collectors affectionately call it — was released in both the Real Riders segment of the mainline, and the Hot Ones with plastic blackwall wheels, in 1983. In 1998, for the 30th Anniversary of Hot Wheels, the Real Riders release was deemed the first release of the casting and a special replica 30th anniversary edition was made to celebrate it. Today, however, we are showcasing the one that started it all…
Color (material): Blue (metal)
Chassis (material): Unpainted (metal)
Deco: Two White Racing Stripes
Wheels: Gray #RRT w/ Goodyear Tampo
Country of Manufacture: Hong Kong
Toy# (SKU): 3923
CURRENT MARKET VALUE (Carded /Set, August 2021)
For being 38 years old, this #Shelby Cobra 427 S/C doesn’t command high dollar, but finding one in good shape — loose — can be a challenge. Not all of it is because of time and/or playwear though. Even straight out of the blister, the paint is a little uneven, and the #Real Riders tires aren’t near the level ones of today are. You could say, the Hot Wheels team — which consisted mostly of Larry Wood and Bob Rosas at the time — was still figuring things out, transitioning the brand into the new era and trying out new things.
The #Shelby Cobra 427 S/C casting may not have utilized the modern 3D software designers use today, but as a testament to the casting’s design, it is still beloved by collectors. The #Opening Hood was done extremely well as even the “played with” ones have stood the test of time. It was this release that kicked off over 100 variants over the next 40 years, and what many would consider to be a Top 25 Hot Wheels car of all-time.
As a bonus, @aussiehotwheelscollector was nice enough to send over some pics of his complete Shelby Cobra 427 S/C collection…. check it out!
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