The elusive "Rear-Loading Beach Bomb," a rare version of the Volkswagen Beach Bomb, holds an esteemed status among collectors, often dubbed the Holy Grail of Hot Wheels. Both variations were crafted at the Hong Kong plant, but only the more common "Side-Loading Beach Bomb" made it to the retail market, with a production span of approximately three years. The initial design featured a small sunroof, a trimmer body, and plastic surfboards extending through the rear window, while the wider version sported a fully exposed glass roof and side-mounted surfboards.
Originally, the model faced a challenge with the battery-powered Super Charger track accessory due to its narrow design. Hot Wheels engineers revamped it, resulting in the wider version with side pockets for secure surfboard placement, enabling smooth track navigation. The exact production number of the rare rear-loading version remains speculative, as only a limited quantity was produced, believed to have been intended for destruction. Those that survived, likely taken home by Mattel employees, have seen astronomical value growth. Prices soared from a few hundred dollars in 1988 to tens of thousands by the early 2000s, with unique colors fetching even higher, such as a purple example selling for $35,000 and a pink rear-loader surfacing at over $50,000. #BeachBomb #HotWheelsCollectors #RareModels #Volkswagen
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