It’s undeniable that many enthusiasts developed an interest in General Motors and Chevrolet vehicles at a young age with toy models of their favorite cars. And as the 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray continues to win industry awards, accolades, and all kinds of praise left and right, the vehicle also has another honor under its belt: with over two million official GM-licensed Stingray scale models sold globally in 2013, the C7 has become the most-licensed die cast model car in the world this year, according to General Motors Branded Entertainment and Licensing.
From scale models and power wheels toys to remote control cars and ride-on versions for kids around the world, the C7 Stingray has been made into pretty much every kind of downsized item imaginable. The iconic sports car is now even a game token in Monopoly Empire, thereby becoming the first “real” car in the game.
On top of that, recent appearances in Disney Pixar Animation Studios’ Cars 2 and 2014 Transformers movies, as well as Mattel’s Hot Wheels and Fisher Price models, which allow pretty much anyone to have a Corvette at home, has contributed to the iconic sports car being in the hearts and minds of children big and small for 60 years. In fact, the Hot Wheels Chevrolet Corvette, which debuted in 1968 with the C3 Stingray, has regularly held the top spot as the world’s best-selling toy car.
Some facts about Corvette Hot Wheels models:
- The 1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Stingray 1:64-scale toy was one of the 16 original Hot Wheels models to be produced. The model is one of the most valuable Hot Wheels toys among collectors.
- Placed front-to-rear, all 1,000 variations of Hot Wheels vehicles produced in the last 40 years would encircle the Earth more than four times.
- Some of the largest Hot Wheels collections are valued at more than a whopping $1,000,000.
- More than 41 million adults have grown up “driving” Hot Wheels cars.
- The first full-size production car to carry the Hot Wheels brand by any manufacturer is the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro.
- Fisher-Price Power Wheels Corvette Stingray is the fastest Power Wheels vehicle ever, with its 12-volt battery giving it the ability to run at 6 MPH.
With the 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray being such a well-received and highly-desired model (2014 Car of the Year, anyone?), and the even more capable 2015 Z06 on the way, we can only imagine that the scale toy models will become in even greater demand.
We’d love to hear about your scale model collection of GM vehicles in the comments below.