The Hot Wheels ’83 Silverado is one of those frenzy-causing Hot Wheels models. I should create a list of models that make that exclusive list. Off the top of my head, I think of the ’83 Silverado, 510 Wagon, ’55 Gasser, and maybe the 67 Camaro and Kool Kombi. There are clearly others. They are those models that collectors pick up in multiples because they feel they have to. They are those models that then get shared on Instagram in said multiples, creating a get-nowhere-fast discussion with questions about “why do you need all those” with overarching statements about the state of the hobby, coupled with support statements from others about “don’t let the haters bother you, you be you!” while most chuckle a bit and move on. I think the word “hype” gets thrown around too.
Repetitive round-and-round collector diatribes aside, these models have frenzy status mainly because they are pretty darn cool. And that definitely applies to the ’83. We have seen it released in a couple of store exclusive lines this year as well as Nationals, and it is dropping in Car Culture Shop Trucks now. And there is another release coming, as previewed by Hot Wheels Designer Eric Han:
I like me a premium HW Racing 50th Anniversary Silverado. I also like me a Hot Wheels Display Case. I’m in.