It’s often been said that adults are just kids with more expensive toys. That’s never been more true than with the Hot Wheels Special Edition Chevrolet Camaro. Starting next year, this will be a big toy that you can park in your driveway.
The Hot Wheels Camaro debuted as a concept vehicle at SEMA 2011. Now, it will officially go on sale to the public as a special package from January through June of 2013. Shown here is the final production version of the car.
One phrase that I often overhear at car shows is: “They sure don’t make ’em like that anymore.” In the case of the Buick Century Caballero Estate Wagon, they didn’t make ’em like that then, either!
The Caballero Estate Wagon was produced for two years only in 1957 and 1958. This ultra-rare car features a pillarless 4-door design and was GM’s only hardtop wagon. According to HowStuffWorks, Buick produced 10,186 Caballero Estate Wagons in 1957 and just 4,456 in 1958.
I spotted this gorgeous Kaiser Manhattan 2-door sedan at a church car show in Glendale, Arizona in 2009. Kaisers were produced after World War II and are notable for being the first production passenger cars to offer supercharging (beginning in 1954). Kaiser and Willys-Overland merged in 1953 and stopped making passenger cars in 1955.
As you can see, the deep cherry color of this car is very vibrant even in this crappy cell phone picture I took. If you look closely, you can see the ghost flames on the car’s front fenders.
From this angle, we have a few more clues that this Manhattan isn’t exactly stock. The wide rear tires and monster tach on the dash indicate that this car may have undergone a performance rebuild. I wish I had more details about it, but sadly I do not.
Bonus: The gold colored car in the background of the first picture is a Frazer Vagabond, a sister marque of Kaiser.