Hot Wheels is bringing back the ’55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser drag racer known as Candy Striper, or at least it will if fans unlock the model in a new crowdfunding effort. The toymaker produced 4,000 units of the 1:64 edition in 2015, and apparently, demand has been high enough to justify a new exclusive through the Hot Wheels Red Line Club. Less than a month remains to fully fund the new model.
At 1:18 scale, the Candy Striper ’55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser features more than 150 individual pieces, with a huge number of cool details packed in. A 454 Big Block is seen in the engine bay, complete with chrome valve covers, a chrome supercharger, dual quads, headers, and even individual spark plug wires. The front steering works, and there are detailed suspension components as well, while the pink-and-white interior shows an authentic dash, instrument panel, shifter, and much more.
The body is draped in Spectraflame pink, matched with a white roof and pink striping, while the windows are tinted light blue. A set of chrome wheels wrapped in Real Rider tires sit in the corners.
Hot Wheels has four tiers to unlock, the first of which includes just the die-cast 1:18 model, requiring 10,000 backers. At 13,000 backers, a replica 1:64 die-cast car is unlocked, while tier three is unlocked at 16,000 backers, and includes a plug-in flame exhaust and smoke stands that make the car look like it’s doing a wheelie. The fourth and final tier is unlocked at 19,000 backers, and includes all of the above, plus a display plinth and drag strip background scene.
Pricing for the Candy Striper ’55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser is set at $250. The crowdfunding effort is set to end on October 9th, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PT. As of this writing, the effort has 3,625 backers, or 36 percent funding.